EFEQuito

A new round of disturbances erupted Tuesday in downtown Quito on the ninth day of anti-government protests in Ecuador, with indigenous demonstrators angered over the high cost of living clashing with riot police.

That violence occurred when groups of demonstrators were trying to make their way to El Arbolito park, the epicenter nearly three years ago of a wave of protests that brought the country to a standstill for 10 days in October 2019 and left 10 dead and 1,500 injured nationwide.

Security forces on Sunday morning occupied the House of Ecuadorian Culture, a building adjacent to the park, to prevent it from being used - as it was in 2019 - as housing for the thousands of indigenous protesters who have arrived in the capital from other provinces.

Lead protest organizer Leonidas Iza, head of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), Ecuador's largest indigenous organization, has repeatedly urged demonstrators to refrain from violence or vandalism.

Even so, some protesters carried out an attack Tuesday on the Attorney General's Office, whose headquarters is near the scene of the clashes.

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