People of Engabao, in the Playas canton (Guayas), clashed with a group of people that settled yesterday night, April 16, in the lands that are in conflict between the commune and the company Vimare.
Several injured were registered of the confrontation, in addition vehicles with the broken glasses.
Stones, sticks and machetes “flew” between the sides, so it was necessary the intervention of the National Police, whom with tear gas tried to dissuade the aggressions.
Two hours lasted the fight, from 08:00 to 10:00 on this Tuesday, April 17. At noon they continued concentrated in the place of the fight.
Children and women who were going to the sector school were also affected by the gases.
Clovis Sebastián, secretary of the Engabao commune, said that “this group of invaders are people sent by Mr. Álvaro Noboa, we do not know what his intentions are.”
It is not the first time that clashes are registered.
Sebastián added that the lands are not in litigation, because “the Constitutional Court gave us the reason and, in addition, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock gave us the title as owners of these lands.”
The community has risen so that these people are permanently dispossessed, he added. He asked that the authorities protect the commune. (I)