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Ecuador's oil production has been cut in half and indigenous leaders say they will continue to protest

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Quito-Ecuador's oil production has fallen by more than half due to road blockages and vandalism associated with anti-government protests for nearly two weeks, the Ministry of Energy said on Sunday.

In particular, violent demonstrations by indigenous marches demanding low prices for fuel and food began on June 13, killing at least six civilians.

President Guillermo Lasso has offered concessions such as easing security measures, fertilizer subsidies, and debt forgiveness as hostility to parliament worsens during the march, and his government announced on Saturday that it was indigenous. I met with the tribe.

"Oil production is at a critical level. Today, the numbers show a reduction of more than 50%," the Ministry of Energy said in a statement. "In a 14-day demonstration, the state of Ecuador stopped receiving about $ 120 million."

Vandalism, oil well hijacking, and road closures hindered the transportation of necessary supplies. The ministry said.

Prior to the protest, oil production was about 520,000 barrels per day.

The Ministry of Production said in a statement that the public oil sector, private producers of flowers and dairy products, tourism, etc. lost about $ 500 million.

Protesters repeated the march on Sunday until Lasso answered all requests.

"The core issue has not yet been resolved," said Leonidas Iza, leader of CONAIE's indigenous peoples, protesters wanting fuel price guarantees and restrictions on oil and mining expansion. He added that he was out. "We're going to return results."

Twitter's Lasso calls for peace, a humanitarian convoy on its way to Quenca is attacked by explosives, and a city hospital Said he was suffering from a lack of oxygen.

CONAIE aggregated the deaths of five protesters, but the government said four civilians died during the protest and two others died in an ambulance delayed by the blockade. I am.

Opposition lawmakers do not seem to have the necessary support for the bill, but Congress continued to discuss efforts to dismiss Lasso on Sunday. (Report by Alexandra Valencia, written by Julia Symmes Cobb, edited by Nick Zieminski)