this monday he has deceased when one of the participants in the national strike mobilization falls from a great heightAn indefinite strike has been called by the Ecuadorian Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), adding its eighth day this Monday. The victim was part of a column that started the march from Cayambe in the northern Pichincha state of the country to the capital, Quito, according to the newspaper ‘El Universo’.
The incident occurred when the security forces used tear gas against the demonstrators and they all rushed to take shelter in an atmosphere of confusion. A group of five to seven people fell into a valley. Some managed to get out on their own, but a teenager, about 18 years old, died from a fall. The body was recovered by members of the Quito Fire Department. The victim fell from about 100 metersaccording to the preliminary report of the authorities.
The Ecuadorian National Police described and detailed the incident as an “isolated and accidental” case. Two other people were reported injured. after the fall. Ecuadorian Police said in a statement, “The Police Authority reiterates that its actions were framed within the framework of unlimited respect for Human Rights and that this case is an isolated case without the participation of the National Police.” Said. They also detailed that the incident will be investigated by the competent judicial authorities and emphasized that their commitment is “to protect the life and safety of all citizens, stronger day by day”.
This Monday, Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo said 61 police officers were injured during the eight days of demonstrations. He also denied that the agents threw the young man into the valley, as alleged in social networks.
As a result of the strike, about 80 sections of highways were closed to traffic due to the protests. Ecuador’s president, Guillermo Lasso, has declared a state of emergency in three provinces — Pichincha, Cotopaxi and Imbabura — but the National Assembly is meeting this Monday to repeal the decree.