QUITO - Union organizations gathered together with indigenous and social movements in Ecuador to stage protest marches in several cities nationwide, rallying against economic and employment measures promoted by the government to advocate for reforms benefiting the whole population.
With shouts and banners against the government of Rafael Correa in Quito, demonstrators marched through the streets of the historic center on Thursday, while similar rallies took place in other major cities including Guayaquil and Cuenca.
The protest over the economy and labor conditions involved unions and indigenous organizations, students, pensioners and retired servicemen, all of whom participated with different demands.
Unlike previous protests, the ruling party did not respond with its usual concentrations of supporters at Independence Square outside of the Presidential headquarters.
The president yesterday instructed supporters not to take to the streets because it was the second day of national mourning over the deaths of 22 soldiers in a plane crash on Tuesday in the Amazon province of Pastaza.
The protest has coincided with yesterday's approval of the Law for the Promotion of Youth Work, Regulation Exceptional Day of Work, Unemployment and Unemployment Insurance, which has been criticized by opposition unions which warn the regulation will bring job insecurity.