RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rulers of the Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay) released yesterday, October 13th, a joint note lamenting the clashes between Ecuadorian security forces and demonstrators protesting against the government's economic adjustment measures.

At least two demonstrators have already died in the protests, although authorities reject this report. While the government speaks of two confirmed deaths, the Public Defender's Office stated that by last Thursday, October 10th, at least five civilians had already . . .

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