– The president declared a state of emergency in three provinces
There have been a number of violent protests over the past few days against fuel prices.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso on Friday declared a state of emergency in three provinces, including the capital, Quito, where violence erupted during a protest by tribal people against fuel prices.
“I am committed to protecting our capital and our country,” he said. It urges me to declare a state of emergency in Picincha (where Kido is located, editorial note), Impabura and Kodopaxi from midnight tonight “(05:00 GMT Saturday), he said in a televised address. Allows the president to mobilize, especially the Federation of Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador, the largest organization of indigenous peoples, launched a protest movement on Monday demanding a reduction in fuel prices.
Since the beginning of the week, access to two major supply markets in the capital, Kyoto, has been blocked, as have many roads in 15 of the country’s 24 provinces. Ecuador’s 17.7 million people are made up of one million tribes. The group had already led violent protests in 2019 (11 killed) and participated in uprisings that ousted three presidents between 1997 and 2005.
On Friday, the Ecuadorian president received a small delegation of local representatives to mitigate the crisis, which has already left 43 people injured and leading to 37 arrests among protesters and police.
On Friday evening, the Conservative president announced that during his one-year rule, he would raise the premium from $ 50 to $ 55 to “improve the difficult situation” for poor families, as well as provide various assistance to farmers.