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Cuencanos return to pre-protest routines as supplies flow into the city

The barricades around Parque Calderon were pushed aside early Monday morning and, for the first time in almost two weeks pedestrian and vehicular traffic moved freely around the park. “We are once again resuming our normal lives,” Cuenca Mayor Pedro Palacios said in a Monday afternoon interview. “We suffered a painful disruption and look forward […]

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Government blames violence on the Correistas, makes arrests as others seek political asylum

The government says it knows who is responsible for the violence that resulted in several deaths and hundreds of injuries during last weekend’s indigenous protests in Quito: They are the followers of former president Rafael Correa. On Monday, National Police made four arrests of members of Correa’s Citizen’s Revolution, including the prefect of Pichincha Province, […]

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Zoo animals need help, Red Cross supplies arrive, Garbage transfer in emergencies considered, Mexico is CIDAP featured country

Lunes, 14/10/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Festival de Artesanías – The Inauguration of the XVII edition of CIDAP’s Festival of American Crafts will be el 31/10 with the opening of the Mexican pavillion. Mexico is this year’s featured country. The number of proposals for inclusion in the International Pavillion […]

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Mushroom health: There are at least 2,000 varieties, but which are best?

By Susan Burke March The Journal of Wild Mushrooming is a fascinating resource for all things mushrooms. They say there are 10,000 described species in North American alone, but that may represent only a third to a fifth of what’s really out there! In percentages, 50% are inedible, 25% edible but tasteless, 20% will make […]

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Cuenca’s return to normalcy could take a few days, leaders caution

Although indigenous leaders have called off their national strike, a return to normal routines in Cuenca may take several days. “We are very happy that we have reached an agreement but we must be realistic in the amount of time it will take to resume our normal lives,” Azuay Prefect Yaku Perez said Sunday night […]

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Indigenous strike ends after Moreno agrees to reinstate the fuel subsidies

The leaders of Ecuador’s indigenous community announced Sunday night that they are ending the 12-day strike that has paralyzed the country with protests and roadblocks. The decision came after President Lenín Moreno said he was withdrawing his plan to eliminate gasoline and diesel fuel subsidies and that a commission, including indigenous members, would be formed […]

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An expat ventures into ‘The Strike’

By Jeremiah Reardon Ecuador has come to a halt with “The Strike.” Road blockades stop traffic around the country due to sharp price increases for fuel. Drivers of taxis, city buses, and other kinds of public transport walked off the job and paralyzed transport of goods, people and services. Schools closed. Lack of critical supplies […]

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Talks begin today between the government and protesters; 3 p.m. curfew takes effect in Quito following violent Saturday

Following two days of street protests in Quito, the government and protesting groups agreed to meet Sunday afternoon in an attempt to end 10 days of often violent confrontations. The talks will be mediated by officials from the United Nations and the Catholic church beginning at 3 p.m.. The announcement of negotiations follows an about-face […]

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