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Ecuador Oil Exports Resume


Ecuador has declared a state of emergency in Napo province in the Amazon jungle, after soldiers fired on protesters who forced interruptions in the country's oil exports.

Three people were wounded when the soldiers opened fire as hundreds of protesters hurled stones at them at the Sardinas oil-pumping station, about 100 kilometers southeast of the capital, Quito, which feeds a privately-owned pipeline. The protesters shut the station down on Tuesday, calling for the government to fund the construction of new roads and a new airport.

The state of emergency forbids public marches and demonstrations. At least 11 people have since been arrested, including a town mayor.

On Monday, protesters temporarily shut down a pumping station that feeds the state-owned Petroecuador pipeline, destroying equipment and holding the technicians hostage. Petroecuador resumed operations on Tuesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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