Four killed in anti-government protests in Ecuador

Thursday marks the eleventh day of protests in the country. The Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador (Konaye), which has been leading the protests since June 13, is demanding that the government lower fuel prices, address unemployment, regulate agricultural prices and fight crime.

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

The police clarified that these materials are not used by security forces to maintain public order and “especially in peaceful marches and demonstrations.” The institution said that the case will be investigated by the judiciary and will provide support in clarifying all incidents of violence.

Ecuador’s health ministry said on Tuesday that two people died last Sunday due to a roadblock when protests blocked ambulances.

On Monday, police said a man had died after falling off a ravine in northern Quito; the death was linked to the protests.

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

Demonstrators march against the economic policies of President Guillermo Lasso and demand lower fuel prices in downtown Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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

In a statement released yesterday by Conaie, they accused government messages of containing “taunts, lies and racist colonial narratives” against indigenous groups.