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CFCA's Ecuador office opens on limited basis

October 1, 2010

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Sponsored members and their families in Ecuador have escaped physical injury or harm from the security crisis, according to staff reports.

After a police protest in Quito turned violent Thursday, the government declared a state of emergency.

On Friday, CFCA offices opened and began operating on a limited basis.

Yoli Pinillo Castillo, Guayaquil project coordinator, said the state of emergency will last for five days and includes a 7 p.m. nightly curfew.

Schools and banks were closed Friday and are expected to reopen on Oct. 4.

The staff reports that the community of La Isla Trinitaria in Guayaquil and the city of Ballenita appear at this time to have seen the most disturbances from looting and rioting after the protest.

Disturbances reported by the staff consisted of widespread looting of commercial centers, street and bank robberies, and the disruption of public transportation.

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