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In pictures: Citizens organize a peace caravan on the Ruta Viva to demand an end to violence and vandalism

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On the ninth day of the national strike led by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), citizens organized a massive peace caravan to demand an end to the violence and vandalism that turned into protests in Quito .

Hundreds of drivers have decided to join the caravan, with Ecuadorian flags to also demand that there be a peaceful solution to this conflict which has affected peace and municipal services.

Cheering and honking, citizens are also demanding safety to get to their jobs and destinations, as some protesters have attacked drivers trying to navigate blocked roads.

The center of Quito was the scene on Tuesday of new unrest due to clashes between demonstrators and police. These altercations occurred when groups of demonstrators tried to reach El Arbolito Park.

Despite repeated calls by indigenous leader Leonidas Iza, the main promoter of the protests, for the demonstrations to be peaceful and without violence or vandalism, some protesters have carried out attacks against the facilities of the Ecuadorian Attorney General’s Office, whose headquarters are located near of the combat zone.

The prosecution denounced that his headquarters had been attacked, and that he had put “the sensitive information of the business he conducts” in a safe place, while launching “a public appeal for peace and respect for the law”.

Source metroecuador.com

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