The national police posted a video on their Twitter account in which a group of demonstrators can be seen using firearms during the clashes that took place this afternoon in the capital. Precisely on the eleventh day of protests against the government.
Footage shows protesters on Gran Colombia Avenue in the center of the city firing long-range weapons during this afternoon’s heavy clashes in the vicinity of the Assembly.
In this regard, the National Police reiterated that it does not use lethal weapons to control public order.
The center of Quito has once again become the scene of intense clashes between Ecuadorian police and demonstrators who, for the eleventh consecutive day, are taking part in demonstrations against the high cost of living and the economic policies of the government of President Guillermo Lasso.
This time, the unrest focused on El Arbolito Park. The incidents began after the government allowed the indigenous movement access to the House of Ecuadorian Culture, adjacent to the park to set up a popular assembly and policed since Sunday to prevent the indigenous group from going there. arrive and rehearse the park scenes. 2019.
Entering this space was one of the conditions set by the indigenous leader and main promoter of the protests, Leonidas Iza, to accept the constant invitations to dialogue with the government made both by President Lasso and by numerous social and religious organizations.
The list of demands includes the freezing and reduction of fuel prices, the control of the prices of essential products, the non-privatization of public companies and the non-expansion of oil and mining concessions in the Amazon, among other points.