Ecuador celebrates more than 10 days of demonstrations, blockades and disturbances in its streets due to a series of protests led by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), in which they request, among other things, the freezing of the prices of fuels; that private and public banks forgive and extend the term of payment of debts to four million Ecuadorians; public investment; better working conditions and correct shortages in hospitals.
Faced with the protests, the Ecuadorian Government responded with a deployment of coordinated operations between the Police and the Armed Forces to disperse the demonstrations in the streets and main highways of the country, which prevent the supply of the populations.
The Government also established a state of emergency in two provinces: Cotopaxi and Pichincha. But three days later he repealed it and imposed a new state of emergency decree that extended to the provinces of Imbabura, Chimborazo, Pastaza and Tungurahua. From the Ministry of Justice, Luis Lara, in charge of this portfolio, has indicated that, in the face of instability and crisis, Ecuadorian democracy is in danger.
For his part, President Guillermo Lasso offered to talk, but Conaie said he would only do so when the state of emergency was lifted and the security forces withdrew. Faced with a dialogue initiative that came from different sectors of civil society, President Lasso said through his Twitter account that he is willing to participate in these dialogues with a view to seeking consensus to unite the country.
The last time that the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities demonstrated in the streets was in October 2019 and led to the paralysis of the country for 20 days, there was only an understanding between the parties after mediation by the United Nations. At that time, President Lenín Moreno backtracked on his idea of eliminating state fuel aid for consumers. On this occasion, the invitation to negotiate comes from Civil Society, the UN and the European Union.
In this edition of El Debate we analyze the situation in Ecuador from the hand of our guests:
– María Paz Jervis, dean of the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences at UISEK.
– Gabriela Panchana Briones, analyst and social communicator.
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