February 4, 1994 |
As many as 500,000 workers staged a 24-hour strike Thursday, with some blocking roads and burning tires, to protest a government increase in fuel prices. The United Workers Front claimed that half a million members, mostly public sector teachers, university professors and doctors, heeded the call for the daylong strike, but that figure could not be confirmed.
March 12, 1999 |
President Jamil Mahuad announced tax hikes and other tough economic measures in Ecuador's latest attempt to address its worst financial crisis in decades. The announcement came as a two-day nationwide strike to protest the government's economic programs wound down and just hours after the Central Bank's board of directors, including President Luis Jacome, resigned. The government's political opponents had accused Jacome of mismanaging Ecuador's fiscal policy.
July 13, 1989 |
Demonstrators set up roadblocks and clashed with police Wednesday in scattered incidents at the start of a general strike to press for the doubling of the minimum wage. Protesters threw stones and blocked roadways with bricks and flaming tires in the port of Guayaquil, Ecuador's biggest city, television footage showed. Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators and clear streets.