QUITO – At least four people, including the president of the Universidad Central de Ecuador, were wounded Tuesday in a confused student protest against a session of the university council.
The police took three wounded people to the hospital on motorcycles before emergency service organizations could arrive to help them, paramedic Christian Rivera told Efe.
Paramedics attended 10 people with symptoms of asphyxia from the tear gas thrown by police to control the occupation of the rector’s office by people presumably connected to the Federation of University Students of Ecuador, or Feue, Rivera said.
The university rector, Edgar Samaniego, was wounded in the clash from which he was able to escape with the aid of deans from the different faculties.
The incident occurred during a session at which a report was published about new Feue elections and changes in the university statutes, including modifications to the administration of two faculties.
Police managed to control the situation with tear gas and took back the rector’s office that had been occupied and destroyed by those opposed to Samaniego, Rivera said. EFE