Protests erupt in Ecuador over femicide, pension payments

Demonstrators took to the streets in Ecuador on Wednesday to protest the death of a woman the government says was killed by her police officer husband, while union workers demanded the government pay what it owes the state social security system, threatening to escalate protests if there was no agreement. Ecuadorians gathered outside police headquarters… Read More Protests erupt in Ecuador over femicide, pension payments

Ecuador government, indigenous groups reach preliminary agreement on oil extraction and mining

Ecuador reached a preliminary agreement with indigenous groups to declare a temporary moratorium on 16 oil blocks, Energy and Mining Minister Xavier Vera said on Wednesday, a turning point in negotiations aimed at staving off renewed street protests. President Guillermo Lasso, a conservative ex-banker, opened a 90-day dialogue in July to hash out implementation of… Read More Ecuador government, indigenous groups reach preliminary agreement on oil extraction and mining

Dozens dead, injured following violence at prison in Ecuador

At least 68 prisoners were killed and more than two dozen injured in overnight violence at Ecuador’s Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, the government said on Saturday, in what officials characterize as fights among rival gangs. The penitentiary, located in the southern city of Guayaquil, is the same prison where 119 inmates were killed in late… Read More Dozens dead, injured following violence at prison in Ecuador