- Title: 'A terrible murder' - indigenous groups carry deceased protester's coffin
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: QUITO, ECUADOR (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) PEOPLE CLEARING PATH ON ROAD SO THAT PALLBEARERS MAY PASS PEOPLE CARRYING WIPHALA FLAG MAN BLOWING CONCH SHELL VARIOUS, PALLBEARERS CARRYING COFFIN WITH THE BODY OF INOCENCIO TUCUMBE WHO DIED IN PROTESTS VARIOUS, PEOPLE CRYING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SON OF MAN KILLED IN PROTESTS, GUSTAVO TUCUMBE, SAYING: "The situation in our country, Ecuador, is terrible. For the first time in history, a terrible murder, something that will leave a mark for my whole life, the media is also hiding it. But, the indigenous people are here, a fighting people, a firm people. My father was one of them, fighting until his last. He left a tremendous story that the people must listen to, the nation must listen to. When something has gone too far, the indigenous people are always ready to fight, always ready to put order to the constitution, to the media. The press must listen, this cannot go unpunished, the life of an Ecuadorean who fought until his last in the streets, a tremendous massacre, a tremendous situation, and I hope that now the leader (president) will get to work to defend the people." VARIOUS, COFFIN AMID CROWD COFFIN ENTERING 'HOUSE OF CULTURE' VARIOUS, COFFIN ON STAGE AT CEREMONY VARIOUS, POLICE OFFICERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF ECUADOR HAS SAID ARE BEING HELD CAPTIVE SEEN ON STAGE HOLDING COFFIN (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRIEST AT CEREMONY, SAYING: "We're here, we're looking for justice, we're looking for (the government) to revoke the measures imposed by the IMF, which are going to lead us to ruin, and we aren't going to allow that, brothers and sisters." VARIOUS, ATTENDEES AT CEREMONY
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 23:19
- Keywords: protester economic measures House of Culture Ecuador coffin violence protests police Lenin Moreno
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IORPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The body of a man protesters say was killed during demonstrations against government austerity measures was carried through the streets of Quito, Ecuador on Thursday (October 10) to a cultural center where indigenous groups amassed for a ceremony to honor the victim.
Confirming the death of a protester on Wednesday (October 09), the ombudsman, a state office that monitors conflicts, said a man died of brain trauma, possibly from a tear gas canister to the head.
Gustavo Tucumbe said his father Inocencio Tucumbe was killed during street protests. "The indigenous people are here, a fighting people, a firm people. My father was one of them, fighting until his last. He left a tremendous story that the people must listen to, the nation must listen to," Tucumbe said fighting back tears.
The unrest in Ecuador is the latest flashpoint in Latin America over unpopular structural economic reforms, and protesters want President Lenin Moreno to repeal austerity measures that his government passed in keeping with a $4.2 billion IMF loan.
Since last week, security forces have turned tear gas and water cannons on protesters who have set up burning barricades and hurled stones at police lines.
Indigenous leaders also captured and publicly paraded eight police officers before a crowd on Thursday (October 10) the officers were forced on stage in front of thousands of people and also appeared at the ceremony for the deceased protester.
(Daniel Tapia, Ignacio Munoz, Cristina Munoz)
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