Indigenous Ecuadorans Block Roads To Protest Fuel Price Hikes
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Wed 27th October 2021 | 12:48 AM
Members of Ecuador's influential indigenous movement blocked roads Tuesday to protest fuel price hikes as the country, in the midst of a state of emergency, battles challenges on multiple fronts
Zumhabua, Ecuador, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Oct, 2021 ) :Members of Ecuador's influential indigenous movement blocked roads Tuesday to protest fuel price hikes as the country, in the midst of a state of emergency, battles challenges on multiple fronts.
"We will resist and we will not give in to any repression," he added.
Fuel prices have nearly doubled since last year.
Last Friday, rightist President Guillermo Lasso announced another price hike to $1.90 for a gallon (3.8 liters) of diesel (up from $1 in 2020) and $2.55 for petrol -- though he promised this would be the last increase.
The Conaie movement is credited with helping topple three presidents between 1997 and 2005, and in 2019 led successful protests against the government's scrapping of fuel subsidies as required by the International Monetary Fund.
Indigenous people represent 7.4 percent of the country's 17.7 million inhabitants.
He had declared a 60-day state of emergency last week to tackle rising crime and violence blamed on rivalry between drug traffickers in the country nestled between the world's two biggest cocaine producers: Colombia and Peru.
- Soldiers on the streets - The state of emergency allows for the deployment of troops in support of police on Ecuador's streets in the fight against crime, which last week claimed Ecuador's 200 meters world bronze medalist Alex Quinonez in a shooting in the port city of Guayaquil.
It does not entail any limitation on freedom to demonstrate or assemble.
Poverty affects about 47 percent of the population, and nearly a third of people do not have a full-time job.
Violence has also consumed the country's prisons, where horrific armed clashes between inmates with links to drug cartels have left about 240 dead this year.