Blockades in nine provinces and clashes on second day of protests in Ecuador

Called by unions and social movements, the protests began on Tuesday against a backdrop of almost generalized political and economic crisis, the fiscal and labor reforms he intends to push forward to reactivate the economy and, more in the short term, a severe increase in fuel prices.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Encouraged by the indigenous movement, Ecuadorian protesters blocked at least a dozen highways on Wednesday, including the northern access to Quito. At the same time, President Guillermo Lasso again urged "dialogue" to solve economic and social problems.

Slightly calmer than on Tuesday, when the capital was the epicenter of clashes with the police, the wave of protests of this second day of mobilization had resulted mainly in the blocking of main roads, with some outbreaks of violence when the forces of law and order came to unblock them.

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