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Strike causes huge financial loses, Massive clean-up in Quito, 48 protesters arrested, Price speculation, Venezuela pay raise is a ‘joke’

Martes, 15/10/2019

Hola, Todos –

Actividades –
Del cuerpo del periodico –

Breast cancer campaign – SOLCA is mounting a campaign to bring free medical attention to women. It will be mañana, el jueves, y el viernes from 10:00 in the Mall del Rió parking lot. SOLCA has a mobile unit capable of doing mammograms.

Festival de lácteos – This dairy festival will be el próximo 26/10 desde (from – a word to remember) 9:00 in the plaza de EDEC (Bolívar y Huayna Cápac). Small and medium producers will be there to promote the importance of drinking milk.

Otras cosas –

Authorities say that some market vendors took advantage of the 12-day strike to raise prices.

Titular – Habilitaron las vías; millonarias pérdidas (Restoring roads, millions lost) – Streets and highways are being cleaned and reopened. Police have been mobilized to the routes connecting Azuay with other provinces to prevent new roadblocks.

The Chamber of Industry, Production and Employment estimated that industry lost $80 million during the strike. A chamber study also found 94% of the population felt strongly affected economically, and 88% felt it damaged employment in general. Especially hurt were the ceramics, línea blanca (white goods/major appliances – your phrase for the day), technology, furniture, paper and cardboard. The damage to the commercial sector in general was $130-150 million. The tourism sector lost the income from the 9 de octubre holiday with losses during the protests at about $3.5 million.

A specialist in tourism worried about the upcoming Independencia de Cuenca holidays. <I wonder if this is the “black Friday” for Cuencano tourism oriented businesses?> He had 23 clients, many from Guayaquil, who changed their bookings from Cuenca to a beach destination. <Which is where many Cuencanos go during holidays.>

The Department of Patrimonial and Historic Areas reported some 700 incidences of damage, split 50-50 between public and private properties. About $50,000 will be needed to repair the damage to public structures.

Arrests – 48 people were arrested in the last week of the strike. Charges were terrorism (1), paralyzing public services (12), inciting discord among the citizenry (5), property damage (5), and attack and resistance (3). Another charge was”escándolo público” (public scandal). <I don’t think it was “doing it in the road and scaring the horses” type of public scandal. Disturbing the peace is probably the equivalent.>

Price speculation – Most of the vendors in the markets 10 de Agosto, 9 de Octubre y 27 de Febrero said that the price of potatoes and oranges rose because of wholesale prices rising due to the strike. Police announced surprise control operations against vendors who overcharge.

Minga masiva – Thousands of Quiteños hit the streets again yesterday. This time with brooms and shovels to clean up a mess that looked like a war zone. Many of the citizens were protestors who participated in the destruction. Most of the volunteers went to the parque El Arbolito which was “zona cero” (ground zero) for the protests. <I guess their Moms taught them if you break it, you fix it.>

Household gas – The main distributor of gas cylinders said that starting today, the supply and distribution of gas tanks will return to normal. <I hope all of you were able to keep taking hot showers and did not have to cook water in the microwave for sponge baths.>

Internacional –

Venezuela – The opposition in Venezuela characterized the government’s increase in the minimum wage as una “burla.” (joke – your word for the day. “Línea blanca” was your phrase for the day.) The 375% raise in salary took the minimum wage from 40,000 to 150,000 bolivares or about $2.20 to $7.60 per month. <I’d spend that the first day. Probably before noon.>

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

Jeanne
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Editor’s note: Jeanne’s Periodico is a translated digest of news from the Cuenca daily newspaper El Mercurio. If details, such as event dates and times, do not appear in the translation, they did not appear in the newspaper. The text between the carrots, or guillemets (< … >), is Jeanne’s personal opinion and not part of the news translation.

6 thoughts on “Strike causes huge financial loses, Massive clean-up in Quito, 48 protesters arrested, Price speculation, Venezuela pay raise is a ‘joke’

  1. Keep up attempting to teach a little Spanish. I would think it’s helpful for those who don’t take Spanish lessons. I read the newspaper in Spanish everyday and there are days I have to slog through it because it’s so wordy.

  2. The taxi’s where I am announced price increases of .50 to $1 during protests and the prices had not changed yet. Since the agreement has been made, the taxi’s are trying to keep the price increase. When they were blocking the roads, we could not get to work and had a significant wage loss as well…..wdyt?

    1. It would have been nice to have some intervention in removal of the road blockage, at least for humanitarian purposes. I have a serious injury and couldn’t get to see my doctor, MRI, etc. Thankfully, it’s over for now, and hoping there’s a reasonable solution. So glad to not give into the IMF thugs

  3. A 340% efficient heat pump water heater, induction cook top, electric oven, “lav/sec” heat pump washer/dryer (and well-used clothes line) free me from fossil fuel and hammer down our electric bill. LPG grill is safely outside, in case of a lengthy electric “black out.” Efficient appliances, lighting, pipe insulation, blend with fixes integrated with whole house renovation that float thermometer significantly above chilly outdoors. Little radiant spot heaters when desired.
    To learn more about LPG and other government subsidies that limit what’s available for health care, education, etc., see the June 2019 IDB study >
    Energy Subsidy Removal in Ecuador. Distributional Impacts
    (Spoiler alert, the well-to-do gain far more from subsidies than the bottom economic rung.)

    1. Good planning. I don’t use a clothes line, but I understand your operation. Sunshine and a light breeze are the best disinfectants for whites, as good as bleach. Cheaper, and less messy than bleach, also.

  4. There has been little discussion on how the price of everything will be going up, especially food…Remember, diesel is the life blood of a nation.

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