Ten arrested during pro-Correa march
A protest march opposing President Lenin Moreno and supporting former president Rafeal Correa turned violent Thursday night in Quito, resulting in injuries to an unknown number of police and the arrest of 10 protesters. Police said that the march of about 3,000 began peacefully at Parque El Arbolito, proceeding to the historic district, where the violent incidents were reported.
Several newspaper and television reporting crews reported being attacked, with a public channel saying that two of its reporters were hit by rocks. Protesters chanted, “Fuera Moreno, fuera (Out, Moreno, out), and applauded speeches by Correa allies including former President of the National Assembly Gabriela Rivadeneira and former cabinet member Ricardo Patiño.
City tests 3D crosswalks
With the intention of creating greater awareness of pedestrian rights, Cuenca’s transportation department is testing crosswalks which present the illusion of having elevated zebra stripes. The first three-dimensional crosswalk was installed Wednesday on Av. José Peralta near the provincial court bulding in the El Vergel sector. The crossing stripes are made of thermoplastic material and have a durability of two to four years. A transportation department spokesman said that in cities where the 3D crosswalks are installed, drivers reduce their speed.
Powerful earthquake rocks Galapagos volcano
An earthquake registering 5.0 on the Richter scale rocked the Sierra Negra volcano Thursday afternoon, signaling that the eruption on Isabela Island in the Galapagos archipelago may be intensifying.
Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute said that the quake and several aftershocks were felt strongly in the communities of El Cura Puerto Villamil and indicated the movement of magma under the volcano. The eruption has attracted a number of tour boats to nearby waters.
Cuenca court rules for same-sex marriage
Cuenca Family Court Judges Iliana Vallejo and Ruth Alvarez have ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage is illegal. The judges cited a January ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that the 20 countries under its jurisdiction must offer equal marriage rights to same-sex couples that it does for heterosexuals. The case was prompted when Ecuador’s Civil Registry denied marriage licenses to two female couples in Cuenca. The Civil Registry says it will appeal the ruling.
Ecuador’s inflation continues downward track
The National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) reported Thursday that the country’s inflation rate remains in negative territory for the year, down 0.27 percent for the month of June. Year-on-year, inflation shows a drop of 0.71 percent. INEC reported that food, excluding alcoholic beverages, and recreation showed the biggest monthly drop, down 0.75 percent and 1.61 percent respectively. Among the country’s major cities the inflation rate was also down: Manta (-0.55%), Esmeraldas (-0.51%), Guayaquil (-0.48%), Santo Domingo de los Colorados (-0.44%) , Loja (-0.40%) and Cuenca (-0.35%).