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October 29, 1987

Workers firebombed a Quito bank and blocked streets with burning tires during a one-day general strike the Ecuadorean government had declared illegal. Union leaders said two strikers were wounded by police gunfire. President Leon Febres Cordero declared a state of emergency and sent riot police into the streets. The Communist-led United Front of Laborers called the strike to demand the dismissal of Interior Minister Luis Robles Plaza. Congress impeached and convicted him of violating the fights of political prisoners, but Febres Cordero kept him in office.

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