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Activists Threaten to Resume Oil Strikes in Ecuador


Activists in northeastern Ecuador have given foreign oil companies 48 hours to finalize an investment agreement, or they say they will resume protests that crippled production.

The activists Sunday demanded there be no changes to a deal reached in principle last week calling on the companies to invest in the poor communities where they drill.

A spokeswoman for the activists said the companies must respect the rights of the local populations.

A strike by locals earlier this month shut down exports from Ecuador's two largest oil producing regions.

Protesters damaged pipes and drilling equipment, forcing the government to declare a state of emergency.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.