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Hundreds of indigenous protesters enter the Ecuadorian capital Quito – SABC News

Hundreds of indigenous people poured into Ecuador’s capital Quito on Sunday after nearly a week of protests against President Guillermo Lasso’s economic and social policies, which have failed to lift roadblocks and violence across the country.

Indigenous protesters arrived in trucks, cars and on foot amid a state of emergency declared by Lasso in three provinces – including Quito’s – to quell protests that have at times escalated into violence, police arrests and attacks on the oil industry and flower farms.

According to a Reuters witness, more protesters were still making their way towards the city.

The protests began on Monday with a list of 10 demands including a cut in fuel prices, preventing further expansion of Ecuador’s oil and mining industries and more time for small and medium-sized farmers to pay off their debts.

Lasso has called for dialogue and announced measures to help vulnerable sectors of society, including subsidized fertilizers, an increased budget for health and education for indigenous communities, and cancellation of up to $3,000 in outstanding loans.

Though the measures offer some help, protesters say they are not solving the economic problems thousands of families face every day.

“We have come to resist neoliberal policies that are increasingly affecting the poor,” Leonidas Iza, president of the indigenous organization CONAIE, said on social media.

The private sector had lost about $50 million as of Friday, according to the government, while state oil company Petroecuador said production was affected to the tune of 27,700 barrels of crude oil.

The government deployed security personnel in a powerful show of force in Quito, where a curfew is in place to prevent protesters from entering the city.

Hundreds of indigenous protesters enter the Ecuadorian capital Quito – SABC News

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