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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“Ecuador’s Government Departs Capital Amid Deepening Violence And Unrest”
“Ecuador violence: Protestors agree to talks with government”
“Ecuador indigenous, president strike deal to end protests”
“Ecuador: Gov’t To Drop IMF-Degree, Deal Reached Strike Over”
“Ecuador’s masses rise up against neoliberal policies”
“Clowns, recycling and tear gas on site of clash over Ecuador’s economic future”
“Ecuador: Protesters cautiously optimistic after deal with gov’t”
- 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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