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The ruling protects half a million acres of land in the Amazon forest on which the Waorani have lived for centuries from being earmarked for oil drilling, campaigners said. A parade of hundreds of Waorani, members of an indigenous nation in a remote part of the Amazon, marched triumphantly through the streets of Puyo, Ecuador, celebrating a court ruling that held that the Ecuadorian government could not auction off their land for oil exploration without their consent.