Ecuador Lifts Curfew After Protests

After the end of the protests agreed by the Government of Ecuador and indigenous organizations, the Ecuadorian president, Guillermo Lasso, announced this Friday the end of the curfew in the provinces of Azuay, Sucumbíos and Orellana.

The agreement reached on Thursday night by the Executive and the indigenous organizations due to the protests in the country – putting an end to the mobilizations after agreeing on a new drop in fuel – has served for Lasso to eliminate the restriction on mobility in three Ecuadorian provinces, as detailed in a statement by the Presidency of Ecuador.

Even so, the state of emergency will continue in these three provinces, as well as in Imbabura, where the emergency regime was also decreed on June 29, although no measures were imposed to restrict the mobility of people.

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“Notify the cessation of the suspension of the exercise of the right to free transit in accordance with the provisions herein,” detailed the decree law shared in a statement by the Presidency of Ecuador.

PROTESTERS LEAVE QUITO

After 18 days of protests, indigenous organizations have begun to leave Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, for their communities in other parts of the country.

“We come together and we leave together,” snapped Leonidas Iza, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), who promoted the mobilizations since June 13, reported ‘La Hora’.

“We have once again demonstrated the indigenous strength,” added the indigenous activist Elena Condo, before setting out on the road to Cotopaxi, in statements to the aforementioned newspaper.

In El Arbolito Park, a traditional meeting and protest place for indigenous organizations, cleaning crews from the Quito City Council have worked this Friday cleaning and repairing damage. Initial estimates indicate that the costs of restoring the city will exceed 950,000 euros.

“ECUADOR LOST 950 MILLION EUROS”

The Minister of Production, Julio Prado, has assured that Ecuador has lost more than 950 million euros (1,000 million dollars) due to the 18 days of the mobilizations that have taken place in the country.

These figures, which Prado has advanced during a meeting of the Emergency Operations Committee (National COE) and to which ‘El Telégrafo’ has had access, could increase with the final balance that the Central Bank of Ecuador will present in the coming days. “Per day, losses are calculated for 52 million euros,” the minister detailed.

In this sense, the Ecuadorian Executive has recalled that the strike caused during the COVID-19 crisis meant losses for the country’s economy similar to those caused by the protests: 743 million euros for the private sector, 215 million euros for the public sector.

Among the main affected by the mobilizations are the poultry sector, with 29 million euros in losses; the dairy industry, with 28 million; or tourism, which far exceeds 65 million euros, according to data from the Ministry of Production.

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