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Spear-wielding indigenous protesters send police into retreat in southeast Ecuador town

  • Indian women from the Amazon region of Ecuador take part in a protest march in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The march was called by labor unions and indigenous organizations to protests against policies of President Rafeal Correa. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    Indian women from the Amazon region of Ecuador take part in a protest march in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The march was called by labor unions and indigenous organizations to protests against policies of President Rafeal Correa. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators take part in a protest march in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The march was called by labor unions and indigenous organizations to protests against policies of President Rafeal Correa. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    Demonstrators take part in a protest march in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The march was called by labor unions and indigenous organizations to protests against policies of President Rafeal Correa. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Indian from the Amazon region of Ecuador takes part in a protest march in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The march was called by labor unions and indigenous organizations to protests against policies of President Rafeal Correa. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    An Indian from the Amazon region of Ecuador takes part in a protest march in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The march was called by labor unions and indigenous organizations to protests against policies of President Rafeal Correa. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)  (The Associated Press)

Indigenous protesters wielding spears in southeastern Ecuador sent police and soldiers fleeing Wednesday in a clash that Interior Minister Jose Serrano said injured eight security force members.

The estimated 200 Shuar and Achuar peoples who chased off police and soldiers in the Amazon town of Macas are upset with President Rafael Correa's refusal to consult them on mining and oil drilling on their traditional lands.

Hundreds of protesters also marched against Correa in the Ecuadorean capital of Quito.

Isolated protests have persisted since a diverse coalition of anti-Correa forces called a general strike Aug. 13. Key among their demands is that legislation be withdrawn that would allow Correa indefinite re-election.

Protest leaders say 105 from their ranks have been arrested and 35 injured, while authorities say 100 police have been hurt.