More than half are mixed race and one-quarter are indigenous peoples.
Spanish is the official language, but many people speak indigenous Quechua and Jarvo languages.
It also exports coffee, cocoa, shrimps and fish products.
More than one-third of the workforce is employed in agriculture.
“This assembly will finally give the poor a voice.”
They fought with police to get back into the chamber, but were sidelined when congress convened with substitutes taking their place.