MADRID, Oct. 12 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The violent incidents registered in the protests against the Ecuadorian Government have already resulted in the formal prosecution of 260 people, of which almost half correspond to the province of Guayas, where the city of Guayaquil is located, according to a report from the Prosecutor's Office General.
Specifically, Guayas corresponds 112 of the 260 prosecutions. Pichincha, whose capital is Quito, has registered a total of 30, while the remaining cases are spread over 14 other provinces.
The Prosecutor's Office has indicated that, among the crimes that are charged to these defendants, there is a paralysis of a public service, damage to another's property, attack or resistance to authority, theft, carrying of arms, illegal association and violation of private property .
According to the Ombudsman's Office, at least 1,070 people have been detained in the last eight days, of which three out of four have been released without being charged with any crime. This office has also reported at least five deaths, as well as 855 injured.
The protests, which have as main driver the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), began after the package of economic measures announced on October 1 by the Government of Lenin Moreno and that proposed a elimination of the fuel subsidy.
The president has offered to dialogue “directly” with the indigenous people, although they have rejected any approach for now and claim that the government should repeal the so-called 'package' before, thanks to which Ecuador could receive an injection of 4.2 billion dollars from International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Ombudsman has warned in a statement that “the lack of dialogue, approaches and definitions within the national strike has left devastating results for the entire Ecuadorian population.”
“It is urgent to depose positions and actions that generate backwardness and violence, to find ourselves again as human beings of an Ecuador that requires joining, working and rebuilding ourselves towards a country of peace,” he added, with an express message to the Government to “yield positions. “and” store bridges “towards dialogue.