MADRID, Oct. 13 (EUROPE PRESS) –
During the night from Saturday to Sunday there have been riots in several parts of the capital of Ecuador, Quito, shaken by the protests against the economic “pack” of President Lenin Moreno that has resulted to date with the death of six protesters by the action of the security forces. The mobilizations began more than a week ago.
There is no municipal transport or urban buses in the capital and the military have been deployed along the Living Route to avoid roadblocks and face violent groups, according to the Ecuadorian newspaper 'El Universo'.
Neighbors from various areas of the capital have denounced “a night of terror” in urbanizations of Tumbaco and Cumbayá for “hordes of vandals” and in the absence of military and police. In response, groups of neighbors armed with sticks have begun patrolling and questioning those who circulated in the streets.
On the Ruta Viva during the night there was burning of tires despite the presence of military personnel who tried to deploy the area, the scene of a “pan” for peace called by residents to the violence unleashed between opposition and indigenous organizations and security forces .
In addition, in the last hours the former mayor of Durán Alexandra Arce has been arrested, arrested during the early hours for investigative purposes, as reported by the Governor of Guayas, Pedro Pablo Duart. Arce was mayor of the canton of Guayas and is considered as close to former president Rafael Correa.
“Arrested in Durán for investigative purposes Alexandra A. for the alleged crime of illicit association. We continue to restore order and peace throughout the province!” Duart has posted on Twitter. The Fisaclía and the Police of Ecuador have confirmed the entry into the house of Arce and the seizure of computers and mobile phones in search of alleged messages regarding the national strike.
“# FiscalíaEc and @PoliciaEcuador raided the home of Alexandra AP, former mayor of # Durán, and arrested her for investigative purposes. Computers and cell phones were seized, searching for alleged messages regarding the #ParoNacionalEc,” said the Prosecutor's Office.
The private secretary of President Lenin Moreno, Juan Sebastián Roldán, has linked Alexandra Arce with the riots and looting on Monday night in the neighboring canton of Guayaquil.
The origin of the protests against Moreno is the economic reform announced by Moreno on October 1 as a result of the agreement reached with the International Monetary Fund to achieve an injection of 4.2 billion dollars for the country.
At least six people have died and 937 have been injured since the beginning of the riots nine days ago, according to the latest balance presented this Saturday by the Ombudsman's Office.