Tear Gas and Stun Grenades Fired

Jun 25, 2022

On the evening of 23 June 2022, riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to repel thousands of protesters who attempted to enter the National Assembly building, located approximately 2 km (1 mi) southwest of Quito’s city center. After failing to bypass police barricades set up around the National Assembly, the protesters gathered at El Arbolito Park where another clash with security personnel occurred. At least one protester was killed and approximately 100 people were injured during the confrontations, including both demonstrators and security personnel. Clashes between security personnel and protesters have been frequent in Quito and throughout Ecuador in recent days as ongoing demonstrations led by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE) to demand that the government address rising fuel prices, agricultural section debt, and environmental grievances, enter their 11th consecutive day. The unrest and associated blockades have led to increased food and fuel shortages in Quito.

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