It added that it was investigating reports by indigenous group Conaie that other protesters also died during a police crackdown on Wednesday.
The protests are being led by indigenous groups who are calling for an end to the austerity measures in place and the return of fuel subsidies. However, deflecting blame will do little to quell the concerns of the population, they have been clear in their demands, Al Jazeera has quoted Maria Boada, a citizen that has been present for the protests, "We are rejecting the economic package implemented for the government of Moreno..."
Cinema student Jorge Lozano, 27, said he supported the protests because his family is "rural, I struggle because my lower middle-class family sometimes doesn't even have enough to eat". Rather, the ongoing protests are the result of people in Ecuador feeling "tired of being the ones to be impacted or to be asked to sacrifice in these moments of where we need to take new economic measures".
Guterres "recalls the right of peaceful assembly in accordance with global law and calls on all actors to reduce tensions, avoid acts of violence and exercise maximum restraint", his office said. "And now all prices are going to rise".More news: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Review - 7 Ups & 2 Downs
Ecuador was paralyzed Wednesday by a nationwide strike, protests, and road blockades.
Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner told reporters that authorities have arrested a "significant number of foreign citizens" over the past week, many of whom confessed to having been paid between 40 and 50 dollars for participating in the riots that have forced the government into declaring a 60-day state of emergency, recently reduced to 30 days. The lone female officer in the group was seen wiping away tears. The police officers, who appeared to be unharmed and were checked by medics, were let go late Thursday. "I hope both sides realize that what they're doing is hurting themselves and the country".
Thousands of people have joined anti-government rallies and marches in Quito as the protesters have clashed with security forces.More news: Phillies fire Kapler after two seasons
Moreno responded to the civil unrest by claiming that his predecessor is trying to destabilize Ecuador, "This is not a protest of social dissatisfaction faced with a government decision, but the looting, vandalism, and violence show there is an organized political motive to destabilize the government". The government said at least 700 people have been arrested, and Moreno has moved government operations from the capital Quito to the city of Guayaquil.
The dead include Inocencio Tucumbi, an indigenous leader from the Andean province of Cotopaxi, the Ombudsman's office said in a statement.
The elimination of fuel subsidies is part of a package of austerity measures created to reduce the public deficit in keeping with the terms of a 4.2-billion-U.S. -dollar loan agreement the government had signed with the International Monetary Fund. Indigenous groups condemn the deal with the International Monetary Fund, saying austerity measures will deepen economic inequality.
The president's office has reported two deaths.More news: Inside Bella Hadid's Birthday Celebration & The Weeknd's Message to Her