May 27, 2020

A trade amid protests in Ecuador

César Viteri, who defines himself as an Ecuadorian who wants to support the fight, found an altruistic trade in the midst of the demonstrations in Quito: He made by hand gas masks with recycled water bottles, some vinegar, adhesive tape and anger against economic measures applied by the Government.

"We are quilting (supporting) here, making some gas masks for protesters," he told Efe during his stay outside the House of Ecuadorian Culture, where the bulk of an indigenous mobilization that demands the repeal of the increase has been concentrated. of the price of gasoline.

Its raw materials are pomans or water bottles, of those with a capacity of four liters, which receives them from young people who collect them in the street, food stores and in the garbage to deliver them to the site that has improvised as a workshop, in a Garden space surrounding the building of the House of Culture.

The container is cut with a blade a side part, but "keeping the lid", the size so that it enters the user's face, he said.

Then a piece of adhesive tape is placed in the place where the lid is left and a little vinegar is placed, which serves as a filter for tear gas.

In addition, a strip of cloth or plastic that fits the size of the protester's head is put on, Viteri said that, at times, a handkerchief is also placed to hide his face.

In the last days of protests in Quito "we have made about 200" handmade masks and production depends on the way they "provide us with the material," he added.

"Of course it works" and serves to "protect the face," he added and then lost himself in the crowd.

People look for him and some carry empty water bottles for him to design.

This is one of the curious pictures that has also left the hard confrontation between protesters and police that have been happening for a week in Ecuador, whose axis are the economic decisions of the Government, such as the elimination of the subsidy on the price of fuels and other labor and tax reforms linked to a credit agreement with the IMF.

The inventors of the strikers have appeared to deal with the abundant tear gas used by riot police, also dressed in protective elements and sophisticated gas masks.

They have also had to suffer the rigor of the protests and the authorities announced on Wednesday, when evaluating that day, that there were 86 police officers who had been injured in the clashes.

And although there have also been images of high solidarity, such as when protesters and gendarmes have been able to share water and food, the tonic has been violent clashes.

The Ombudsman's Office confirmed Thursday the death of a protester in Wednesday's protests, due to a craniocerebral trauma.

With this, according to the Ombudsman, the number of deaths related to the protests amounts to five, as a man was run over by a vehicle that allegedly was fleeing a demonstration in the south of the country, while three others apparently " they fell "from a bridge in Quito.

The authorities already speak of more than 700 detainees and in the last hours a brutal aggression has been reported to a journalist of a television channel.

Demonstrations broke out on Thursday of last week when the fuel subsidy, which was in effect for four decades, was eliminated.

In the morning of yesterday, the natives staged a massive peaceful march towards the colonial center of Quito to demand that the decree that eliminated the subsidies be withdrawn, but in the area there were also clashes of other protesters with the Police.

Fernando Arroyo León and Paolo Aguilar

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