Four killed in anti-government protests in Ecuador



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At least four people have died amid ongoing protests against the government of Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, according to Ecuadorian officials. Dozens of police officers were injured and more than 100 people were arrested, officials said.

Thursday marks the eleventh day of protest in the country. The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), which has led the protests since June 13, demands that the government reduce fuel prices, address the problem of unemployment, regulate the prices of agricultural products and fight crime, among other requests. .

Ecuador’s National Police said the latest death took place on Tuesday in the province of Pastaza, in the Amazon region, “as a result of handling an explosive device.”

The police clarified that these materials are not used by force to maintain public order and “much less in peaceful marches and demonstrations”. The institution said that the case will be investigated by judicial authorities and will provide support to clarify all violent incidents.

On Tuesday, Ecuador’s Ministry of Health said two people died last Sunday due to a roadblock when ambulances were obstructed by protests.

On Monday, police said one person died after falling down a ravine in northern Quito; the death was related to the protests.

At least 120 police officers have been seriously injured since the protests began on June 13, according to Ecuador’s National Police.

Protesters march against President Guillermo Lasso's economic policies and demand a cut in fuel prices in downtown Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, June 23, 2022.

President Lasso’s government has made several calls for open dialogue since the protests began. In a video posted to Twitter on Monday, Lasso says he is listening to the “needs of the most vulnerable”, focusing on health, intercultural education and debt forgiveness, among other demands.

In a statement published by Conaie yesterday, they accused government communications of containing “mockery, lies and racist colonial narrative” against indigenous groups.

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