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On May 13th, unknown assailants attacked the home of Salomé Aranda, hurling rocks at her house and threatening her and her family. Salomé is a Kichwa leader in the Ecuadorian Amazon and an outspoken critic of Italian oil giant ENI which has operated recklessly in the region for 28 years and now plans to expand drilling into new fields. The attack on Salomé comes after ENI was confronted at their annual shareholder meeting in Italy in early May over its Ecuador drilling operations and lack of community consent.

Salomé was also one of the leaders of the grassroots mobilization of indigenous women in March that met with President Moreno in Quito to denounce rights abuses, the environmental impacts of extraction, and the overall climate of violence that the industry has created for women. Other indigenous women working to protect their rainforest territories and defend their rights have also received death threats related to their efforts.

Take action now to help protect Salomé and end the targeting of Amazonian Earth Defenders!

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To: Claudio Descalzi, CEO of ENI –

I write to insist that your company take action to prevent further aggressions against Salomé Aranda or any other indigenous community members and suspend activities until a thorough investigation of this incident has occurred and the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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