Protests conclude without incident

All four demonstrations to protest new appraisals and increases in property taxes scheduled for today were carried out peacefully and without incident. Participants also made it clear that politicians who oppose Mayor Anibal Gaviria were not behind the protests.

“We have nothing to do with politicians, as it was suggested to discredit our protest, this stemmed from people’s feeling that they have been betrayed by their governing leaders,” said Raul Echeverri, director of the Guayaquil Business Association, Asoguayaquil, who led the protest in the downtown area.

“I am respectfully asking Mayor Anibal Gaviria to sit down with us and members of the City Council to consider the possibility of lowering the amounts of these bills,” Echeverri said.

Demonstrations were over by 1:00 p.m. but participants announced that there will be others if the administration doesn’t offer some type of solution.

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