After the protests of the indigenous people: the Ecuadorian government declares a state of emergency

After the protests of the natives
The Ecuadorian government is declaring a state of emergency

Protests by indigenous groups in Ecuador are taking on a new dimension. The government in Quito has declared a state of emergency in three provinces. At the same time, President Lasso announces economic measures to meet the demands of the demonstrators.

The government has declared a state of emergency in three provinces over indigenous protests against social injustices in Ecuador, which have been going on for several days. “I will defend our capital and country,” President Guillermo Lasso said.

Larger assemblies are banned during the state of emergency in the provinces of Pichincha, Cotopaxi and Imbabura. The capital Quito also has a night curfew. Since the beginning of the week, the natives have blocked numerous country roads in this South American country. They recently announced that they would take their protests to Quito.

They demand, among other things, a freeze on fuel prices, a moratorium on debt service for more than four million families, fair prices for agricultural products and respect for the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination.

President Lasso has now announced a number of economic measures, such as increased social security benefits and subsidies and debt forgiveness from the State Development Bank for loans of up to $ 3,000. In addition, gasoline and diesel prices should not rise further initially.

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