Ecuador indigenous group frees hostages after return of COVID-19 corpse

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    Members of the Members of the Shuar Kumay community demand the return of a member’s body they claim did not die of Covid.

    An indigenous group in the Ecuadorean Amazon has released six hostages after authorities returned the body of a leader who according to the government died of COVID-19, police said. 

    Members of the Shuar Kumay community last week took two police officers, two soldiers, one public official and one civilian hostage to demand the right to give their leader, Alberto Mashutak, a traditional burial. 

    The group insisted that Mashutak, who died in a hospital in late May, did not die of the novel coronavirus.

    “The body of the indigenous leader was delivered to his community,” the police said in a statement, adding that authorities took special health protocols during the exhumation process to prevent possible COVID-19 spread.

    Source: Aljazeera

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