A state of emergency in the provinces of Ecuador

A state of emergency in the provinces of Imbabura, Pichincha in Ecuador , the Mayor of Quito warns possible collapse of services

Imbabura and Pichincha is a province located in the Andes of northern Ecuador with the capital Ibarra.

In an effort to control the situation, the government of President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency in the provinces of Imbabura, Pichincha — whose capital is Quito — Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Chimborazo and Pastaza, but such a measure has had very little effect because the protests have multiplied becoming increasingly violent with looting actions, attacks on property and private vehicles and even on private individuals, according to authorities.

“I have asked for help from the police and the national army to intervene, because Quito has been declared a security zone, but the excesses of violence and vandalism of the demonstrators remain,” said the mayor, who assured that the city is virtually paralyzed.

He called on both the government and indigenous and social leaders to a dialogue to reach consensus and restore peace and national unity, and said that “if this is the case, the facilities of the municipality are in order to install the dialogue tables. Let us not only promote dialogue, but let us install dialogue with both sides,” he stressed.

He affirmed that it is necessary to seek an urgent peaceful solution because “the escalation of violence in a short time doubles or triples and really is a situation that causes great uncertainty.”

He added that he recognizes the right to protest, “but provided that it is respectful of the rights and freedoms of people and above all that private property is respected. We reject these acts of vandalism that endanger democratic life, security and order.”