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Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 22:44 GMT
Ecuador kicks out activists

The authorities in Ecuador say 14 foreign environmental protesters are to be deported from the country immediately.

They were among a group of 17 activists arrested on Monday after trying to stop the construction of an oil pipeline through the Mindo nature reserve, northwest of the capital, Quito.

Environmentalists say the construction work will destroy the habitat of rare orchids, endangered butterflies and more than 400 species of birds living in the forest.

But the Ecuadorean Government says the oil pipeline will boost the economy.

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