five dead in the demonstrations, according to a new balance sheet

The main indigenous organization on Thursday rejected the dialogue with the government of President Lenin Moreno, calling for "radicalizing the actions" of protest against the rising price of gasoline.

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Natives demonstrate Thursday, October 10 in front of the House of Culture Quito.
Natives demonstrate Thursday, October 10 in front of the House of Culture Quito. MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP

After a week of protest against Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, who has brutally raised the price of gasoline, the death toll has increased. Five civilians, including an indigenous leader, were killed during protests in Ecuador, the state-run Ombudsman said on Thursday (October 10th).

"The first victim is a man who was crushed Sunday in Azuay province (south). The other four died in Quito »said a source from this institution, without specifying the circumstances of the four new deaths. "We call on the government to end the violence and guarantee the right to demonstrate peacefully"added the statement from the People's Defender.

According to this organization, Inocencio Tucumbi, an indigenous leader from the province of Cotopaxi, died during Wednesday's big demonstration in Quito. The cause has not been specified. The previous official record reported one death and 766 arrests. Moreover, in one week, the demonstrations have left at least 122 wounded, according to the Red Cross.

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The natives reject the dialogue

In protest, the natives detained, Thursday, eight policemen, seven men and a woman, who were presented on a platform at a rally of protesters in the north of the capital.

Lenin Moreno attempted on Thursday to resume dialogue with the angry indigenous community, following a huge demonstration in Quito. But Ecuador's main indigenous organization rejected dialogue with the government, calling for "Radicalize actions" of protest.

"No dialogue with a murderous government", reports the communiqué of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), signed by its president Jaime Vargas.

The Andean country has been rocked since early October by a social unrest since 2007, marked by blockades of roads and oil wells in the Amazon, sometimes violent demonstrations and strikes.

In early October, the government adopted a reform ending fuel subsidies, which boosted prices at the pump by more than 100%. The demonstrators demand the withdrawal.

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