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Massive protests have been taking place in Ecuador for over a week. One of the protesters’ demands is to freeze fuel prices. This leads to arguments. The latest attack was aimed at the Attorney General’s Office in Quito.

On the 10th day of mass protests in Ecuador, the Attorney General of the South American country condemned the attack on its headquarters in the capital, Quito. Accordingly, a group of protesters entered the building and set fire to documents from the department responsible for transport in public. In addition, protesters threw various objects at the building and smashed several windows. There was also damage inside the building.

The authority initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorism. There were no victims. In a message realized the Attorney General’s Office recognized the right of the population to protest peacefully, but condemned any acts of vandalism.

The Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador (CONAIE), which called the national strike, also condemned the attack on the Attorney General’s office in Quito. The organization distanced itself from the attackers. A statement reads:

“Those who committed these serious acts do not belong to the indigenous movement.”

The Indigenous Association appealed to the protesters to avoid acts of vandalism.

Meanwhile, Guillermo Lasso’s government on Wednesday refused to lift the country’s state of emergency. Government Minister Francisco Jiménez justified this by saying that he “cannot leave the capital unprotected”. The indigenous association had previously made the suspension of the state of emergency and police violence a condition in order to sit down at the negotiating table.

The mass protests began in the Andean country on June 13th. They were sparked, among other things, by the high fuel prices. Indigenous people blocked roads and stopped long-distance traffic, among other things, by erecting barricades in several parts of Ecuador. There have already been violent clashes with the police. At least two people have died since the protests began. Dozens were injured, including police officers.

With their strike, the indigenous people want to get the conservative government of Lasso to comply with ten demands. Among other things, they demand 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.

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