A dead soldier and twelve wounded, including five policemen, left an attack by demonstrators registered on Tuesday in Ecuador in the framework of indigenous protests demanding a reduction in fuel prices, the Armed Forces reported.
The institution stated in a statement that armed groups outside the law blocked and attacked with firearms to military and police personnel protecting a convoy of tanker vehicles that transported diesel to maintain the production of an oil block in the Amazon.
The incident occurred when the tankers were heading towards the Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputini (ITT) block in the province of Orellana, bordering Peru, which stores more than 1,000 million barrels of oil, the main export item.
Without taking into account the recent report of the military institution, the protests, which have included marches in several cities,have affected the activities of more than 1,100 wells and left five dead demonstrators, more than 500 wounded between soldiers and civilians, and about 150 detaineesaccording to various sources.
If the protests continue, Ecuador could stop extracting the black gold until Tuesday, according to the government.
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