LatinNews Daily - 21 June 2022

Main Briefing
On 20 June Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso expanded a state of exception declared in response to intensifying anti-government protests.... Read More
*Peru’s government has announced the installation of a temporary working group with representatives from the government and the six towns that led protests against the Las Bambas open-pit copper mine in Peru’s southern region of Apurímac: Fuerabamba, Huancuire, Pumamarca, Chila, Choaquere and Chuicuni.... Read More
On 20 June José Mauro Coelho, the president of Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras resigned after only two months on the job, as President Jair Bolsonaro and his allies seek to curtail the autonomy of state-owned companies.... Read More
* Representatives from Brazil and Uruguay have signed two additional protocols to the countries’ economic complementation agreement (ECA), which will remove tariffs on exports from duty-free zones and facilitate the trade of yerba mate.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 20 June a Honduran court sentenced Roberto David Castillo, the former executive president of hydroelectric company Desarrollo Energéticos (DESA), to 22 years and six months in prison for his role in the 2016 murder of indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres.... Read More
* Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has sanctioned a legislative bill (789), which offers new tax incentives aimed at promoting tourism.... Read More
On 20 June, the national leader of Mexico’s ruling Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party, Mario Delgado, called for unity as the process of choosing a presidential candidate for 2024 gets underway.... Read More
*Workers at a Manufacturas Vu auto parts factory in Mexico’s Piedras Negras municipality, Coahuila state, have presented a complaint under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on regional trade, saying they are being denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 20 June Uruguay’s defence minister, Javier García, appeared before the senate to face questions relating to the Boeing 747 cargo plane, with a crew of Venezuelans and Iranians, which was denied entry into Uruguayan air space earlier this month.... Read More
*Chile’s Federación de Trabajadores del Cobre (FTC) miners’ union has called a national strike at state-owned copper mining giant Codelco.... Read More

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