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Military brand attack on protest convoy in Ecuador as “terrorist act”

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The head of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, Nelson Proaño, called the attack this Tuesday on a convoy transporting fuel, and in which a soldier died, in the Amazon region of the country, the day of the attack, a “terrorist act”. 16 of protests called by the indigenous people against the cost of living.

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Proaño said that, due to the indigenous mobilizations, which have affected the normal supply of fuel, the Armed Forces, in coordination with the National Police and the public company Petroecuador, articulated “the transfer of 17 diesel tankers from Shushufindi to the ITT oil block to maintain the production of the hydrocarbon system and avoid its collapse”.

Last Sunday, the Ministry of Energy and Mines warned that, due to the closure of roads and acts of vandalism in wells, registered in the framework of indigenous protests, oil production, the main export product, would stop in two days. of the Andean country.

In a statement to the press at the Ministry of Defense, Proaño reported that in the early hours of this Tuesday, “armed groups outside the law blocked and attacked military and police personnel with firearms.”

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In the event, a soldier died and seven other members of the Army were injured, as well as five policemen, who have been evacuated by air, he indicated, noting that a Petroecuador truck was also set on fire during the event.

“The Armed Forces of Ecuador strongly reject these terrorist acts, carried out by armed groups outside the law, as well as express their solidarity with the relatives of our deceased and with those injured in this violent attack, which mourns the military institution and the country,” he said.

And he advanced that they will proceed to execute the pertinent judicial actions: “We demand immediate action from the justice authorities and the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate this terrorist act and identify those responsible for these acts so that they do not go unpunished,” he said.

“The Armed Forces, in the face of these terrorist actions, will continue to act firmly and decisively, closely united to confront these violent groups to recover the peace and security of the nation, using the instruments provided for in the Constitution and the laws to protect the rights , freedoms and guarantees of citizens”, he concluded.

Previously, the Minister of the Interior, Patricio Carrillo, had already confirmed the death of the soldier via Twitter.

“My solidarity with the Sgop family. José Chimarro, a soldier assassinated this morning by violent protesters who attacked a convoy transporting fuel and clashed with the Armed Forces and the Police in Shushufindi,” Carrillo wrote.

Last week there was also an attack on a military convoy clearing the road for trucks with supplies to enter the Ecuadorian capital. In that attack, 17 soldiers were injured and Army vehicles were destroyed.

The death of the soldier is added to five others that occurred in the context of the protests, in which some 400 injuries have been reported between protesters and law enforcement.

The protests have been characterized by the closure of roads, the blocking of roads and the concentration of thousands of members of indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

The new fact occurs at a time when the Government and Leonidas Iza, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie), the main organizer of the protests, and other community leaders, plan to start a second day of dialogues in which they deal with the demands of the protesters.

Likewise, it occurs on the day that the debate will be resumed in the National Assembly (Parliament) of a request for the dismissal of the head of state, Guillermo Lasso, raised by the bench related to former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017).

The political movement Union for Hope (Unes) invoked number 2 of article 130 of the Constitution, on the possibility of dismissal in case of “serious political crisis and internal commotion.”

The indigenous movement demands compliance with a list of ten demands, among them that fuel prices be reduced and frozen, that the prices of basic necessities be controlled, that state companies not be privatized and that expand oil and mining activity in the Amazon.

Source: Gestion

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