Indian leader in Ecuador vows to continue protests

Luis Macas, the leader of Ecuador's largest Indian organization, said protests against a free-trade agreement with the United States will continue.

Since Monday, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador has organized blockades of major roads and highways Although police said the protest appeared to be slowing down as of Thursday, the country's economy has suffered an impact.

Macas said his group will oust President Alfredo Palacio if he signs a deal with the U.S. Indian activists fear their economy and culture will be hurt.

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