LatinNews Daily - 23 June 2022

Main Briefing
On 22 June Ecuador’s interior minister, Patricio Carrillo, announced that a police station had been torched in the city of Puyo (Pastaza province), as the intensification of nationwide anti-government protests continues to draw international concern.... Read More
Andean
*One of Peru’s transport unions, Asociación de Transportistas del Perú (Asotrape), has said that it will not participate in a strike called by heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers for 27 June, allowing for more time to negotiate a deal with the government led by President Pedro Castillo.... Read More
Brazil
On 22 June Brazil’s federal police (PF) arrested President Jair Bolsonaro’s former education minister Milton Ribeiro (2020-2022) as well as two Evangelical pastors, Gilmar Santos and Arilton Moura, on allegations they charged kickbacks in exchange for government funds.... Read More
* The Brazilian umbrella tourism and services union, Federação do Comércio de Bens, Serviços e Turismo do Estado de São Paulo (Fecomercio SP) has calculated that domestic tourism brought in R$15.3bn (US$2.95bn) in April.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 22 June a Cuban NGO, Justicia 11J, launched a campaign calling for international human rights organisations to have access to Cuban prisons.... Read More
*El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show that remittances to El Salvador totalled US$701.8m in May, bringing the five-month total to US$3.14bn, an increase of 3.9% on the same period in 2021.... Read More
Mexico
On 22 June, teachers in Mexico’s Guerrero state vandalised the offices of the state education ministry (SEG) in state capital Chilpancingo to demand authorities resolve their demands.... Read More
*Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that he will present complaints against US construction company, Vulcan Materials, for allegedly causing environmental damage around the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo state.... Read More
Southern Cone
Negotiations between Chile’s government and the Federación de Trabajadores del Cobre (FTC) miners’ union were due to be held today (23 June) in an effort to resolve a strike at Codelco, the giant state-owned copper mining corporation, over the proposed closure of the Ventanas smelter.... Read More
* Transport unions in Argentina are carrying out demonstrations and roadblocks throughout the country due to the shortage of diesel oil and increase in fuel costs.... Read More

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