World · June 24, 2022

Four dead in Ecuadorian anti-government protests

Thursday marks the eleventh day of protest in the country. The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), which has been leading the protests since June 13, is calling on the government to reduce fuel prices, tackle unemployment, regulate agricultural product prices and fight crime, among others reasons.

Ecuador’s national police said the latest death occurred on Tuesday in Pastaza province, in the Amazon region, “due to the handling of an explosive device”.

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

On Tuesday, Ecuador’s health ministry said two people died on Sunday from 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 linked 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 reduction in fuel prices in downtown Quito, Ecuador on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

The government of President Lasso has launched several appeals for an open dialogue since the beginning of the protests. In a video address posted on Twitter Monday, Lasso says he listened to the “needs of the most vulnerable” by focusing on health care, intercultural education and debt forgiveness, among other demands.

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