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Four killed in Ecuador’s anti-government protests

Written by Javed Iqbal

Thursday is the eleventh day for protests in the country. The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), which has spearheaded the protests since June 13, is demanding that the government reduce fuel prices, tackle the problem of unemployment, regulate agricultural prices and fight crime.

Ecuador’s national police said the latest death occurred Tuesday in the province of Pastaza in the Amazon region “as a result of the handling of an explosive device.”

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

On Tuesday, Ecuador’s health ministry said two people died last Sunday due to a roadblock when ambulances were blocked by protests.

On Monday, police said one person died after falling from 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 fuel price cut in central Quito, Ecuador, on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

President Lasso’s government has made several calls for an open dialogue since the beginning of the protests. In a video address sent to Twitter on Monday, Lasso says he has listened to “the needs of the most vulnerable” by focusing, among other things, on health care, intercultural education and debt forgiveness.

In a statement released by Conaie yesterday, they accused government communications of containing “insults, lies and racist colonial tales” against indigenous groups.

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