A police cordon stops the advance of an indigenous column in Quito.

The seizure occurred on Wednesday night, “at first in a peaceful way”, but later “the operators were kidnapped” for refusing to suspend the electricity service, he added.


However, the plant managed to maintain electricity in an attack that could have affected the city of Guayaquil. Vera did not specify if the plant was still busy.

“This is not trivial, this is not random. I think there is a macabre intelligence job because this substation is essential,” denounced the head of the portfolio.

Ecuador indigenous protest

A police cordon stops the advance of an indigenous column in Quito.

Photo: Reuters

Meanwhile, some 10,000 indigenous people who have come from their territories are protesting day and night at different points Quito with a range of claims about the high cost of living.

The mobilizations, mostly peaceful, have left all over Ecuador three dead, 92 wounded and 94 arrested since June 13, according to the Alliance of Organizations for Human Rights.

The police denounce that during the revolt 117 officers were injured and 28 detained, who were later released.

This Thursday there are new calls for protests to demand that the government reduce fuel prices, help with credits with private banks, among other measures.

In a dollarized economy where fuels are subsidized, the increase in gasoline in Ecuador increased the cost of freight. The indigenous people allege that their agricultural products only leave losses.

But the pressure has not broken right-wing President Guillermo Lasso, who considers the claims unfeasible.

Harassed and isolated by a recent contagion of Covid-19, The president refuses to give in to the conditions demanded by the indigenous people to sit down to negotiate.

Among them, the repeal of the state of emergency that governs six of the 24 provinces and the capital, with a robust military deployment and night curfews.

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