An Ecuadorean indigenous leader says a local activist who resisted a Chinese-owned open-pit copper mine on ancestral lands has been killed.
Shuar Federation president Jose Chumapi tells The Associated Press that Jose Tendetza’s badly decomposed body was found in a river, a rope tied around the waist.
He says the cause of death was difficult to determine and Tendetza’s body was buried after the Dec. 2 discovery. The death didn’t come to light until now because the southern region bordering Peru where the death occurred is so remote.
Chumapi said Monday that Tendetza stridently opposed the Condor Mirador mine controlled by the company Ecuacorriente.
Ecuadorean indigenous communities are increasingly at odds with President Rafael Correa’s government over mining projects they say will contaminate Amazon rainforest and their water.