This is the continuing coverage of the unfolding SHTF situation in Ecuador being reported by an American Partisan reader and expat living in the nation. Previously I had been helping him remotely to build up the local Red Cross chapter off-grid communications, which was left in shambles from neglect and no serious attitude towards them amid more convenient methods. And now here they are, with periodic outages just in the beginning phases of what looks like a long term bad situation playing out.

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Expat ‘Fred’ has collected a series of news articles covering the incidents in real time. Here’s what he sends:


From Metro Ecuador:

At 4:00 p.m. on October 7, 2019, he arrived at Mariscal Lamar de Cuenca Airport a military plane with provisions for food shortages.

Protests in Ecuador: Armed Forces begin flights for the transfer of necessities

The Armed Forces (FFAA) initiated flights for the transfer of necessities. The logistic support flights will cover the Quito-Cuenca-Quito routes, with the aim of: “assisting in the supply for the main cities of the country and its surroundings”.

The @FFAAECUADOR provide support in the transfer of essential products, through logistics flights. # EcuadorPaísDePaz #DecididosACcercer pic.twitter.com/1zv9k3dVtP

– Communication Ecuador (@ComunicacionEc) October 7, 2019

The Armed Forces of Ecuador with planes of the Ecuadorian Air Force, make the air bridge from the city of #Quito to #Cuenca in order to supply the population of this sector of the country with essential products. #FFAAConElPueblo pic.twitter.com/fuiQgWWkMF

– Ecuadorian Air Force (@FuerzaAereaEc) October 7, 2019

This happened after the announcement of the Governor of Azuay, Xavier Martínez, about the need to build air bridges to supply essential products and medicine in the province of Azuay.

“We are going to make an air bridge between Quito and Cuenca. Three planes will come with cargo, mainly with necessities,” Martinez said in press statements.

He also noted that there have been problems “with the reception of medicines for some of the hospitals and medical centers of the city and the province we will give priority.”

Earlier, the Municipality of Cuenca, through a statement, announced the situation in which the city is located by the closure of roads, amid protests that occur in the country in rejection of economic measures.

ATTENTION 🎙

The Municipal Corporation works with all its contingent to provide quality public services to citizens. We need the support of all State institutions to avoid inconveniences that affect the development of daily activities. pic.twitter.com/JScrzbVmTE

– Cuenca Municipality (@MunicipalCuenca) October 7, 2019

In the text, the Municipality urged the Government of Azuay and its owner to enable income to the province and the city to avoid shortages of basic food. And also allow the access of garbage trucks to the Pichacay landfill.

“We need the support of all State institutions to avoid inconveniences that affect the development of daily activities,” the letter reads.

Shortage

Following protests against the Government’s economic measures and the closure of roads, there has been a shortage of essential products in Cuenca and some parts of the country.

In fact, merchants in the markets of Cuenca said that wholesalers have increased product prices. On the other hand, small merchants ask for more control in the main supply center.

 

For his part, the mayor of Azuay Police, Jorge Cabrera, said he seeks to manage that gas and household products can reach supply centers and distribution points.

In addition, the intention of Azuay, on his Twitter, wrote that: “We call for calm the citizens, although the stock of gas for domestic use has been exhausted, the Government and the National Police work on the opening of roads.”

. @ jorgee_78 : We call the citizens calm, although the domestic gas stock has been exhausted, @goberazuay and @PoliciaEcuador work on the opening of roads and @arch_ec in quota monitoring and monitoring of the packing plants. # NoALaSpeculation pic.twitter.com/uoHjJjfugF

– INTENDENCIA AZUAY (@azuayinten) October 7, 2019

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At 4:00 p.m. on October 7, 2019, he arrived at Mariscal Lamar de Cuenca Airport a military plane with provisions for food shortages.

Protests in Ecuador: Armed Forces begin flights for the transfer of necessities

The Armed Forces (FFAA) initiated flights for the transfer of necessities. The logistic support flights will cover the Quito-Cuenca-Quito routes, with the aim of: “assisting in the supply for the main cities of the country and its surroundings”.

The @FFAAECUADOR provide support in the transfer of essential products, through logistics flights. # EcuadorPaísDePaz #DecididosACcercer pic.twitter.com/1zv9k3dVtP

– Communication Ecuador (@ComunicacionEc) October 7, 2019

The Armed Forces of Ecuador with planes of the Ecuadorian Air Force, make the air bridge from the city of #Quito to #Cuenca in order to supply the population of this sector of the country with essential products. #FFAAConElPueblo pic.twitter.com/fuiQgWWkMF

– Ecuadorian Air Force (@FuerzaAereaEc) October 7, 2019

This happened after the announcement of the Governor of Azuay, Xavier Martínez, about the need to build air bridges to supply essential products and medicine in the province of Azuay.

“We are going to make an air bridge between Quito and Cuenca. Three planes will come with cargo, mainly with necessities,” Martinez said in press statements.

He also noted that there have been problems “with the reception of medicines for some of the hospitals and medical centers of the city and the province we will give priority.”

Earlier, the Municipality of Cuenca, through a statement, announced the situation in which the city is located by the closure of roads, amid protests that occur in the country in rejection of economic measures.

ATTENTION 🎙

The Municipal Corporation works with all its contingent to provide quality public services to citizens. We need the support of all State institutions to avoid inconveniences that affect the development of daily activities. pic.twitter.com/JScrzbVmTE

– Cuenca Municipality (@MunicipalCuenca) October 7, 2019

In the text, the Municipality urged the Government of Azuay and its owner to enable income to the province and the city to avoid shortages of basic food. And also allow the access of garbage trucks to the Pichacay landfill.

“We need the support of all State institutions to avoid inconveniences that affect the development of daily activities,” the letter reads.

Shortage

Following protests against the Government’s economic measures and the closure of roads, there has been a shortage of essential products in Cuenca and some parts of the country.

In fact, merchants in the markets of Cuenca said that wholesalers have increased product prices. On the other hand, small merchants ask for more control in the main supply center.

For his part, the mayor of Azuay Police, Jorge Cabrera, said he seeks to manage that gas and household products can reach supply centers and distribution points.

In addition, the intention of Azuay, on his Twitter, wrote that: “We call for calm the citizens, although the stock of gas for domestic use has been exhausted, the Government and the National Police work on the opening of roads.”

. @ jorgee_78 : We call the citizens calm, although the domestic gas stock has been exhausted, @goberazuay and @PoliciaEcuador work on the opening of roads and @arch_ec in quota monitoring and monitoring of the packing plants. # NoALaSpeculationpic.twitter.com/uoHjJjfugF

– INTENDENCIA AZUAY (@azuayinten) October 7, 2019

 

Conae, the national group of indigenous turns out did not have a meeting today with Moreno as reported earlier in various local media. From sources  in various places they are no longer interested in meeting with the government . Large numbers of indigenous are headed for Quito  for a mass protest  in the streets  coupled with their calling for another national strike on Wednesday. Definite change in  what appears to be going on.
RT and others are reporting that as of today, one of the oil majors, Petroamazonas has suspended operations in a number of their places

Petroamazonas suspends work in 3 fields due to the taking of the facilities by “persons outside the operation”

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 10:35 PM GMT | Last update: 7 Oct 2019 23:43 GMT

Paralyzed oil wells are located in the provinces of Orellana and Sucumbíos, in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Petroamazonas oil drilling platform, Miranda port in Tiputini, Ecuador, 2016.
Guillermo Granja / Reuters

The Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador announced the suspension of operations in three oil wells, managed by the state-owned Petroamazonas, amid protests against the Government over the ‘pack’ of President Lenin Moreno .

According to the entity, the wells are located in the provinces of Orellana and Sucumbíos, in the Ecuadorian Amazon and their facilities were taken by “groups of people outside the operation.”

📌 OFFICIAL COMMUNICATE | We report on the suspension of operations in three oil fields operated by @PetroamazonasEP , in the provinces of Orellana and Sucumbíos. Learn more details ⬇ pic.twitter.com/tlFbflWptU

– EC Resources and Energy (@RecNaturalesEC)October 7, 2019

“At the moment there is no retained staff since those in charge of each of the camps are having conversations with the people, peacefully,” the statement said.

The state also informed that they requested the Armed Forces “to increase protection at the facilities, to safeguard the resources of the Ecuadorian State.”

Suspended blocks

The blocks that were suspended are 57, 60 and 61, details the ministry text.

The 57 is in Sucumbíos, in the Libertador oil field, and “the power generation plant was turned off.” According to the Government, this will cause the loss of 5,600 barrels of oil per day (BPPD).

In the case of 60, in the Sacha field, in Orellana, “the blockade of roads is registered, which prevents the evacuation of production through auto-tanks”, generating a loss of 1,800 BPPD.

To this is added the stoppage of the transfer of Central Sacha. The Government estimates that it will affect operations with the loss of 1,900 barrels per hour or 45,600 BPPD.

In block 61, located in the Auca field, also in Orellana, the shutdown of the wells will cause a loss of 9,050 BPPD and “additional 3,000 BPPD by the operation of the private company Petrobell”.

Protests across the country

This situation in the oil blocks happens on the fifth day of protests against Moreno’s ‘bundle’ and in the middle of a state of exception decreed by the president.

Last Tuesday, Moreno announced a series of economic measures, which included the elimination of the state subsidy for extra gasoline and eco-country, as well as diesel.

In addition, he reported on sending a package of labor and tax reforms to Parliament for approval, before the Nation Budget of 2020 is debated.

These measures respond to an agreement reached between Ecuador and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an organization that lent more than 4,000 million dollars to the South American country.

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in Spanish but twitter coverage. Things are happening pretty fast now.
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