One person has been killed during protests by thousands of indigenous people against the government in Ecuador. A Quechua member was “apparently hit in the face by a tear gas bomb” in the village of Puyo yesterday, lawyer Lina Maria Espinosa from the Alliance of Human Rights Organizations told AFP news agency. The protests, particularly against the high petrol prices, have been going on for nine days.
In the capital Quito in particular, there were violent clashes with the police during the demonstrations. The security forces used tear gas and water cannons. A man died last night when he fell into a ravine during the protests. The public prosecutor’s office initiated investigations on suspicion of a homicide.
The indigenous organization CONAIE called for the protests. She calls for a reduction in the price of fuel and also for a discussion on current price controls on agricultural products at the expense of farmers and on mining concessions awarded in indigenous areas.
President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency for several provinces because of the ongoing unrest. Today he tweeted that the government is ready for an “open and respectful dialogue with CONAIE and other civil organizations”.