Keto – AFP
Violence continued in Ecuador, with an attack on a police station in the Amazonian province, as the government refused to lift the state of emergency, a condition proposed by the indigenous population to start negotiations.
Interior Minister Patricio M. Carrillo said Wednesday, during a press conference in Quito, that crowds attacked and set fire to a police station in the city of Poyo in Pastaza province. The attackers set fire to the building, while the police were still inside. Six of them were seriously injured, three were taken hostage, and 18 were missing. The minister added that a bank branch was also burned, and other buildings were vandalized.
“We will not succumb to intimidation,” the minister said. The violence in Buyu showed that they do not want dialogue,” again launching a call for “dialogue with the indigenous movement and the extremist groups responsible for these senseless acts.”
During the violence, a protester was killed and pronounced dead. A non-governmental organization said he was killed after he “was hit in the face, apparently by a tear gas canister”.