Ecuadoreans stood in long lines Tuesday to buy tickets for the first day of commercial services by Quito's new underground railway system, it was reported. The Quito Metro had been performing free-of-charge test rides for the past four months.
Ecuadorian authorities Wednesday celebrated the opening of Quito's first subway line, which will for now not be operational. In other words, trains will not be running until a later date, but the stations are open for people to get used to the new system. Static induction, they call it.
Another prison riot in Ecuador Monday evening has left at least five inmates dead and six others wounded at the Pichincha correctional facility in Quito also known as El Inca, where some 1,365 inmates are housed.
Ecuadorian police have reported that 80 people had been arrested in arrests in anti-government protests over the past few days following riots in Quito and other parts of the country where a curfew is in force and a state of emergency has been declared.
Mexico granted political asylum on Thursday to four members of Ecuador's opposition holed up in its embassy in Quito since widespread social unrest in October, the foreign ministry said. The four lawmakers, including former Congress speaker Gabriela Rivadeneira, “took a commercial flight to Mexico” early Thursday, the ministry said in a statement.
Ecuador on Sunday said it had resumed crude oil exports curbed by violent protests that forced several wells in the Amazon to halt operations.
Hundreds of indigenous people and farmers clashed with Ecuadoran security forces on Monday as they marched toward the capital Quito to protest against rising fuel prices.
Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez questioned on Thursday the Colombian-Chilean initiative to create a new integration bloc to replace the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and argued that the region has a number of integration processes that collide and they become inefficient.
Eleven Latin American countries say that they have agreed to allow Venezuelans leaving their homeland to enter their countries even if their travel documents have expired. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country's hyperinflation and severe shortages, but many do not have valid passports because renewing them can take years.
A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake has struck the Ecuadorian capital Quito, triggering landslides that killed at least two people and violently shaking buildings and homes. Another eight people were injured and three others trapped in the landslides at quarries on the outskirts of Quito, the country's risk management agency said on Twitter.