A farmers' strike was ongoing in Guayas province as of Friday, August 17, with rice farmers denouncing perceived government negligence in creating effective policies for the sector and decreases in the price of rice combined with high prices of inputs. Notably, farmers briefly blocked the Nobol-Guayaquil highway on Friday in protest of the removal of the District Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Adolfo Camacho, in favor of sociologist Dídimo Menéndez. Additional protest actions, including the erection of roadblocks, are possible in the coming days as the strike continues.
Individuals in Guayas province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions near demonstration sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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