Ecuadorean Indigenous organizations have warned that a 10-cent per gallon cut to gasoline and diesel prices announced by President Guillermo Lasso would not be enough to halt two weeks of protests which have paralyzed parts of the country for two weeks.

The price reduction announced by Lasso late on Sunday was the latest concession to try to quell the sometimes-violent demonstrations demanding lower fuel and food prices, among other things.

At least seven people have died during the unrest, which began on 13 June, and the country’s oil output has been halved, with the energy ministry saying production may be halted by Tuesday because of delayed supplies.

Lasso, whose adversarial relationship with the national assembly has worsened during the protests, has also withdrawn security measures and announced subsidized fertilizers and debt forgiveness.

The price reduction to $2.45 a gallon for gasoline extra and $1.80 a gallon for diesel was not enough, Indigenous groups led by organization CONAIE said in a statement, though they added marches were bringing results.

“It’s an insufficient decision, without guarantee and which does not alleviate the poverty faced by millions of families,” the groups said in a statement. “Our fight does not end, nor does the right to resistance, and protest remains in force.”

Lasso said on Twitter the measures he has announced, including the gas price cut, will cost about $600m.

People in the capital, Quito, awoke on Monday to some road blockades. Residents have complained of shortages of domestic gas and food. Other cities have also reported shortages of fuel and medical supplies for hospitals.

The public oil sector, private producers of flowers and dairy products, tourism and other businesses have lost about $500m, the government has said.

CONAIE tallies five protester deaths, while the government says three civilians died during marches, two more were killed in accidents and two died in ambulances delayed by blockades.

Lawmakers are set to continue debate on Tuesday on an effort to remove Lasso from office, though it appears opposition groups do not have the necessary support for the measure to succeed.

Source: The Guardian