Four dead in Ecuador’s anti-government protests

Thursday marks the eleventh day of protest in the country. The Union of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Kone), which has been leading the protests since June 13, is calling on the government to lower fuel prices, tackle unemployment, regulate agricultural prices, and fight crime, among other appeals.

The Ecuadorean National Police said the latest death occurred on Tuesday in Pastaza province in the Amazon region “as a result of dealing with an explosive device”.

The police explained that these substances are not used by force to maintain public order and “less than that in peaceful rallies and demonstrations.” The foundation said that the case will be investigated by the judicial authorities and will provide support to clarify all incidents of violence.

On Tuesday, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Health said that two people died last Sunday due to a roadblock when ambulances were intercepted by protests.

On Monday, police said one person had died after falling from a ravine north of 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.

Demonstrators demonstrate against President Guillermo Laso's economic policies and demand a reduction in fuel prices in downtown Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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

In a statement released by Kony yesterday, they accused government communications of containing “cynicism, lies and a racist colonial narrative” against indigenous groups.

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