Some 1,000 police officers evict indigenous people in Ecuador

Other News Materials 21 August 2008 23:54 (UTC +04:00)

Some 1,000 police officers evicted 200 indigenous people from a 70-hectare lot they had illegally occupied for more than a year, Ecuadorian media reported Thursday. ( dpa )

The members of the Kichwa, Shuar and Hoaorani communities had lived on the land in the Amazonian town of Puyo, some 222 kilometres from Quito, since April 14, 2007.

Force was used to remove them after an initial verbal request that the indigenous people leave the site failed to achieve the intended results. Officers brought down the walls of precarious houses and pulled people out of their homes.

According to media reports, one civilian was wounded by a gunshot during the operation.

The occupied land belongs to seven families, members of which set the indigenous people's homes on fire as police officers emptied them from the property.