Ecuador Agrees to Demands Following Protests

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Carlos Hermosillo | @broofbros1

Protest leaders and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno came to a truce agreement on Sunday.

Decree 883, a measure backed by a $4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), had previously led to a 123% rise in gas prices. This angered citizens and sparked large protests across the country. But now, according to Ecuadorian reports, parties have reached an agreement to modify it and roll back gas prices to previous rates.

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Chaos Erupts in Ecuador as Nation’s Leader Flees Capital

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Carlos Hermosillo | @broofbros1

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, who is best known for turning in Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over to UK authorities after photos were leaked of his expensive lifestyle, fled the country’s capital Monday night.

According to reports, the protests came as a response to the government’s oil price hike. The response warranted a state of emergency that was declared soon after Ecuador left the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Thursday.

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Interview with Venezuelan Libertarian Think Tank Econintech

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Ryan Lau and Indri Schaelicke | @RyanLau71R @ISchaelicke

Econintech is a libertarian think tank in Venezuela, one of the only of its kind. They were the first organization to promote Bitcoin as a means of helping combat hyperinflation and advocate for free markets and sound banking. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Rafael Acevedo and Luis Cirocco, the founders of Econintech, alongside 71 Republic’s Vice President of Operations, Indri Schaelicke, at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. We discussed the roles of Bitcoin and gun control in the Venezuelan crisis, what Americans can do to help, and whether or not there is any glimmer of hope for the socialist country. A transcript (lightly edited for clarity) and audio file of the interview are both below.

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Rufo Chacon Describes Life Without Sight After Attack

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Rafael Augusto B.L. de Oliveira | @ancient_scrolls

Two weeks ago, Venezuelan student Rufo Chacon’s life permanently changed for the worse. For the offense of peaceful protest, cops fired 52 rubber bullets in his face, leaving him permanently blind. Now, the 16-year-old-boy faces a life of challenges as he tries to adapt to his new life as a blind man in Venezuela. The boy was part of a protest demanding basic goods and cooking gas, which are in shortages. The Venezuelan movement for better conditions soon turned into a bloodbath when police officers started firing rubber bullets. Several other people were also injured, including Chacon’s sister.

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Rufo Chacon, Child Blinded by Maduro’s Army, Now Suicidal

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Rafael Augusto B. L. de Oliveira | @ancient_scrolls

On the afternoon of July 1st, Rufo Chacon, a 16-year-old Venezuelan boy, was participating in a protest against Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship. He ended up blind after policemen fired rubber bullets that hit both his eyes. Rufo Chacon and his mother, Adriana Parada, were part of a movement protesting against the shortages of basic goods such as cooking gas and food in the state of Tachira.

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