National strike in Ecuador: the balance of deaths in indigenous protests against the Government of Guillermo Lasso rises to 3

Three people died and almost a hundred were injured in eleven days of intense indigenous protests in Ecuador against the rise in fuel prices, according to a balance this Thursday of human rights organizations.

In the Andean town of Tarqui (south), clashes between police and protesters left one dead on Wednesday, according to the Alliance of Human Rights Organizations.

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Marcelino Villaaged 38, died and next to his body “a tear gas canister was found”, added the organization on Twitter.

The police, however, indicated in a bulletin that the man died of “liver cirrhosis” in “the context of the demonstrations.”

In addition, “bruises on the abdomen and on the right knee (…) would be from days ago,” according to the medical report, he specified.

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On Monday and Tuesday, two other people died, according to the Alliance, which also records 92 wounded and 94 detainees since June 13. According to the police, there are 117 wounded troops and soldiers.

About 14,000 protesters shake different parts of the country, in some regions with more intense mobilizations than in others to demand that the government reduce fuel prices, among other actions that cushion the cost of living.

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In Quito alone, more than 10,000 indigenous people arrived from their territories on Monday and since then they have organized themselves in different protest hotspots to increase the pressure on the right-wing president Guillermo Lasso.

Some marches are festive, others leave bonfires with burning tires in their wake, and at night riots break out. The capital is semi-paralyzed, with shortages in the hardest-hit neighborhoods and a lack of bus service.

While the pressure increases in the streets, the parties do not reach agreements to start dialogues.

The indigenous people demand 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.

The Executive refuses to accept that condition to sit at the table and assures that the demands of the protesters are unfeasible.

Lowering fuel prices as the indigenous people are clamoring would cost the state more than $1 billion a year, according to the government.

But the indigenous people assure that they are harvesting at a loss and their territories are sinking into poverty.

On Wednesday, some 300 people took over a major power plant in the Andean province of Tungurahua (south), although no serious damage or interruption of service has been reported.

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