Regional indigenous leader says local activist who opposed mining killed in remote Ecuador

December 8, 2014 9:30 PM

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QUITO, Ecuador – An Ecuadorean indigenous leader was slain just days before he planned to travel to U.N. climate talks in Peru to protest a Chinese-owned open-pit copper mine being developed on his community's ancestral lands, a tribal head said Monday.

Shuar Federation president Jose Chumapi told The Associated Press that Jose Tendetza's decomposed body was found in a river last week, a rope tied around the waist.

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