UN says Ecuadorian security forces carried out unnecessary and disproportionate repression

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In Ecuador, there was “a deliberate effort to restrict” the work of the media.

Repression by the security forces in Ecuador against protesters between October 3rd and 13th was unnecessary and disproportionate, according to the United Nations Office for Human Rights found.

The world organization issued a statement confirming the violation of the human rights of Ecuadorians who went out to protest against the package of economic measures imposed by President Lenin Moreno.

The document states that during the days of popular mobilizations there were new deaths, 1,507 injured, including 435 security officers, and 1,382 detainees. In addition, according to the allegations collected by the UN mission in that country, many of the arrests were carried out arbitrarily.

The High Commissioner for the UN, Michelle Bachelet, said that there was a “high human cost” in the 10 days of demonstration.

She also stressed that citizens “should be able to express their complaints without fear of being injured,” however, testimonies collected from Ecuadorians indicate that they constantly received tear gas and were shot at close range.

In addition, during the protests, there were 100 attacks on journalists, while the signal from some media outlets was cut and some offices raided by the police.

Source: teleSUR.

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