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Ecuador Protests

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Violent anti-government protests ended over the weekend after an agreement was reached between indigenous/worker protestors and the Ecuadorian government. The protests were in response to a newly signed set of economic austerity measures designed to cut social spending in exchange for a $4.2 billion (U.S.) dollar IMF loan.

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  • Writing: Explain the role of the IMF in igniting the recent protest movement in Ecuador. How would austerity measures hurt working class and indigenous people in Ecuador?
  • Debate: The government in Ecuador should have accepted the IMF’s conditional loans in order to revive the country’s economy and reduce the national debt.
  • Poll: Do you think the peace is likely to last between the protesters and the government?
  • Short Answer: How can Ecuadorians manage the country’s debt without cutting important social programs?

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