Ecuadorians take shelter amid violent protest
September 30, 2010
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — The CFCA staff in the Guayaquil, Ecuador, project has taken steps to help protect sponsored members and their families after a state of emergency was declared in the country.
CNN reports that a police protest in Quito turned violent Thursday as protesters attacked President Rafael Correa over a law that police said canceled police bonuses and promotions.
The government has declared a one-week state of emergency.
Jessica Cortes, who works in the Guayaquil project, said both Quito and Guayaquil have seen looters taking advantage of the unrest.
“They have looted banks, stores, houses, supermarkets, and have shut down the principal routes into these areas to take the belongings of those who pass by,” she said.
Cortes said the project staffs in areas of Guayaquil have encouraged sponsored members and their families to leave for their homes to avoid looters.
The Guayaquil staff reported that public transportation had shut down and the commercial centers and stores were closed.
“We ask the Lord to calm this wave so things can return to normal,” Cortes said.
Please pray for Ecuador and for sponsored members and their families to remain safe amid the violence.