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Indigenous Protesters Attempt to Storm National Assembly in Ecuador

HeadlineJun 24, 2022

In Ecuador, Indigenous protesters tried to storm the National Assembly in the capital Quito on Thursday on the 11th day of demonstrations against right-wing President Guillermo Lasso’s economic policies and rising fuel prices. At least four protesters have been killed so far, and nearly 100 injured. The protests have been led by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, or CONAI. This is the group’s leader, Leonidas Iza.

Leonidas Iza: “The house of culture has been taken by force by the people. It’s the first triumph, brothers and sisters. Second, what the national government is saying at this moment, it’s simply in their hands. We are not going to lose the north. I have been detained. They have tried to assassinate me. Yet we are alive, and we have said, 'Here are the 10 points and period.' And if for that reason the government falls, it is not our problem, brothers and sisters.”

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