Ecuador: Indigenous groups burn tires & block roads over fuel prices

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Indigenous groups have blocked key roads across Ecuador in protest against the government’s economic policies. Some 20 roadblocks have been set up in 11 Ecuadorean provinces, local media report, partly cutting off access to the capital Quito. The protesters’ list of demands includes reducing the cost of fuel and price caps on agricultural goods. Ecuador is currently grappling with rising levels of inflation, unemployment, and poverty. Roads across the country were blocked from midnight by demonstrators who used piles of burning tyres, trees, and mounds of earth to cut off access. Organised by the powerful Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), the protesters accuse conservative President Guillerme Lasso of neglecting the economic well being of indigenous communities and submitting to pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).” (06/13/22)