• Short Summary

    Life in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, had returned to normal on Sunday (11 January) after a series of wild riots last week that eventually led to the downfall of President Guillermo Rodriguez Lara's Government.

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    Life in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, had returned to normal on Sunday (11 January) after a series of wild riots last week that eventually led to the downfall of President Guillermo Rodriguez Lara's Government.

    President Lara resigned on Sunday after ruling the country's seven million people for nearly four years. His Government has been replaced by a three-man military junta headed by Admiral Alfredo Poveda.

    The rioting began on Monday (5 January) and was initially directed against an unpopular 20 per cent increase in urban bus fares. The demonstrations eventually forced the buses off the roads and then developed into a more generalised anti-government protest.

    The unrest was related to the financial difficulties which Ecuador has been experiencing due to its inability to export the oil it needs to sell to finance the previous Government's development plans.

    By Sunday, the buses were running again and the population was too absorbed by the news of new government to stage any form of demonstration.

    People walked through the streets of Quito with their ears glued to transistor radios waiting for news on the bloodless coup that saw the end of President Lara's rule.

    The new junta immediately put the country under a state of siege but there have been no reports of resistance.

    SYNOPSIS: Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, returned to normal on Sunday after a series of wild riots that led to the downfall of President Guillermo Rodriguez Lara's Government. On Sunday, the population listened fervently to radio bulletins giving the latest news on a bloodless coup that ended President Lara's four years in charge of the country's seven million people. A three man military junta took command after the President resigned.

    The new junta immediately put the country under a state of siege but there have been no reports of any resistance to take-over.

    The riots started a week ago and were originally directed against an unpopular twenty per cent increase in urban bus fares. The demonstrations eventually forced the buses off the roads and then developed into a more generalised anti-government protest. The unrest was related to the financial difficulties which Ecuador has experienced due to its inability to export the oil it needs to sell to finance the previous Government's development plans. But by Sunday, the buses were back on full schedule and there were no demonstrations.

    Now all Ecuador waits for the steps to be taken by the junta, headed by Admiral Alfredo Proveda.

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    Film ID:
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    Media URN:
    VLVACIZWV8T1XLMNZONMC7RD4HXT9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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