Our team was on location in Quito as police used tear gas against demonstrators amid indigenous-led protest against inflation, increasing fuel prices and the cost of living crisis.
On June 21, the 9th consecutive day of anti-government protests across Ecuador, police and protesters clashed in the country’s capital, Quito. During the clashes, police could be seen using tear gas, projectiles and riot gear against the demonstrators.
The protest movement, led by members of the country’s indigenous community, continues to demand social, economic and political reforms from the government of Ecuadorian President, Guillermo Lasso. In return, the embattled President issued a nationwide state of emergency on day 5 of the indefinite strike.
The same day, Lasso agreed to speak with indigenous community leaders to discuss their demands. However, representatives of the Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE) have refused to meet with him until the state of emergency is lifted and security forces are removed from the locations they plan to demonstrate.
Here is how our team in the newsroom validated the footage from the protest in Ecuador’s capital.