Ecuador’s largest Indigenous organization has filed a lawsuit against President Lenin Moreno and other officials for alleged crimes against humanity committed during protests last October that left 10 people dead.
The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, CONAIE, asked the prosecutor’s office on Monday to investigate crimes against humanity because they believe the crackdown was “a systematic and widespread attack on the civilian population
Protests began in early October when Moreno cut petrol subsidies that had been in place in the country for 40 years. The cuts saw the price of diesel more than double and petrol increase by 30 percent.
The protests left 10 people dead, 1,340 injured and 1,192 arrested and also caused an estimated 821 million dollars in damage.
Group’s lawyer, Carlos Poveda said the lawsuit was against President Moreno, the minister of interior, the defence minister, the police chief and the comptroller.
The government has yet to comment on the lawsuit.