Government, protesters no closer on Day 12 of fuel price revoltMost of the protesters, some 10,000, are concentrated in QuitoQUITO - Ecuador's government and Indigenous protesters accused each other of intransigence Friday as thousands gathered for a 12th day of a fuel price revolt that has claimed six lives and injured dozens. After the most violent day of the campaign so far -- with police firing tear gas to disperse thousands storming Congress -- the government accused protesters of shunning a peaceful outcome. Until now, the only thing they have demonstrated is that they want violence," minister of government Francisco Jimenez told broadcaster FM Mundo. Protesters are demanding a cut in already subsidized fuel prices, which have risen sharply in recent months, as well as jobs, food price controls, and more public spending on healthcare and education. "There is a lot of poverty, the increase in the price of fuel has increased all the prices, and we, the poorest, are the ones who suffer the most."
Source: Bangkok Post June 25, 2022 02:35 UTC