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Thousands Protest Lack of Security in Ecuador's Second Largest City

Officials in Ecuador's second-largest city, Guayaquil, say 250,000 people took to the streets Wednesday to call on the government of President Luico Gutierrrez to provide more funding for security measures.

Speaking to the crowd, Guayaquil mayor Jaime Nebot accused the president of neglecting the port city, regarded as the nation's economic hub. He said Guayaquil needs more police and resources to combat rampant crime.

The mayor insisted the protest was not designed to bring down the government, but to call attention to the city's security needs.

Some 10,000 government supporters held a counter demonstration close by. Authorities said both gatherings were peaceful.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.