One of my favourite places on earth is Ecuador. I spent just over 2 months there as a volunteer in Quito in 2007. Then went back for a 2 week trip a before heading home to the UK.
I have some friends there. They have been vocal about the current leader and the protests.
Many of the protesters are indigenous people. Under Correa things appeared to improve for them.
Hoping my friends are going to be safe.