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Weekly Report - 12 August 2021 (WR-21-32)

ECUADOR: Lasso faces down fuel protests

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso is still nominally enjoying his 100-day ‘honeymoon period’ after taking office on 24 May. But on 11 August the country’s largest trade union movement and indigenous organisation, Frente Unitario de Trabajadores (FUT) and Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (Conaie) respectively, staged demonstrations to protest about the inexorable rise in the cost of fuel. Lasso used a speech marking independence celebrations on the previous day to express his government’s openness to dialogue while denouncing certain “social groups” he accused of seeking to “unilaterally impose” their agenda.

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