Buses carrying supporters home from the ruling party's 35th anniversary celebration were ambushed. Some point to rearmed anti-communist contras, but the government denies such groups exist.
Chevron and the plaintiffs have both vowed to appeal the Ecuadorean court ruling, with the US oil company calling it 'illegitimate and unenforceable' and the plaintiffs saying the damages award is far too little.
A group of supporters for carrying unloaded handguns in public meets at a Peet's Coffee & Tea shop on Jan. 9, in San Ramon, California.
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