A number of labor unions are planning to hold a general strike in Esmeraldas province on Tuesday, September 25. Demonstrations are expected to be held throughout the province by the unions. Public transportation services will likely be suspended, and some groups plan to block roads with trucks. Union leaders have called for protests to remain peaceful; however, isolated incidents of violence between demonstrators and police officers cannot be ruled out. An increase security presence and significant transportation disruptions are expected throughout the province.
A similar strike was held in Esmeraldas province on August 14. The unions are demanding, among other things, investment in rural schools, incentives for public and private investment, the reopening of a hospital and clinics, and a different distribution of oil revenues.
Individuals in Esmeraldas province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Anticipate transportation disruptions for the duration of the strike.
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