Wednesday, February 8, 2023

The Ecuadorian government does not accept the indigenous terms.

QUITO ( Associated Press) — An Ecuadorian government minister said Wednesday that authorities do not accept conditions imposed by the indigenous region as a requirement to start talks aimed at finding a peaceful solution to 10 days of protests. violent..

In front of hundreds of protesters, indigenous leader Leonidas Eiza said that “we have always been open to dialogue, but we have said that dialogues cannot be to make fun of the Ecuadorian people” and warned that “we no longer have survival conditions to live, not even to survive, for which we thought we would move to Quito in front of the deaf ears of the government”.

He insisted that “we came for 10 points and we will come back with those 10 points” in reference to a demand that included reducing the price of gasoline from $2.55 to $2.10 per gallon, fixing prices for agricultural products and the budget . for cultural education among others.

On Tuesday night, Iza demanded that the government, before a dialogue, end the state of emergency in the six provinces – where the biggest acts of violence have been recorded – that it would demilitarize and end the police force around those places. tax where they are the capital and which allows them access to the Park of El Arbolito and the neighboring House of Culture to concentrate assemblies.

“This is not the time to impose more conditions, this is not the time to demand more demands, this is the time to sit down and talk, we are on the tenth day of the strike,” said Francisco Jimenez, minister of the government to the network of television Telemazonas. morning for “And we can’t wait, the capital can’t wait, the country can’t wait.”

“We cannot lift the state of emergency as it is leaving the capital defenceless…First you have to sit down to talk, to talk, you have to put the issues on the table,” he said.

Later on his Twitter account, Jimenez said he had received a response letter from the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador and its related organizations and was reviewing it to “start an effective dialogue process”. He did not give further details.

Given the situation, the embassies of the European Union, Germany, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, in a public statement, “expressed concern over the ongoing disturbances in the country, in particular they affect the fundamental rights of all citizens” and invited the parties to negotiate and “achieve agreements” with the aim of reconciliation, peace and progress.

For its part, the US State Department on Wednesday raised its alert level for travel to Ecuador and warned Americans to reconsider visiting that country because of the unrest and criminal violence.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor’s office condemned in the afternoon that his headquarters building was once again attacked by protesters despite police efforts to stop them. He assured that several people broke into the building and stole documents that were burned on public streets.

In October 2019, when there were violent Indigenous protests, there were looting, violence against public and private properties, and a fire at the Comptroller’s Office building, where a large number of documents were destroyed, many of them related to corruption investigation procedures . Government of former President Rafael Correa (2007–2017).

The capital remained virtually paralyzed, with little traffic and most business closed.

The interior minister, Patricio Carrillo, said in a press conference that in the city of Puyo, in the Amazon, the largest hostilities were recorded on Tuesday with an angry mob “compared with explosives, with ancestral weapons and with acts totally irrational”. The weapon carbine-type fire attacked civilians and police personnel. The city is 152 km southeast of the capital and has reported 18 missing agents and one deceased civilian.

“We will present a complaint to the prosecutor’s office before these irrational acts, which are not social protests,” he added.

Universities, churches, delegations to the United Nations Organization and the Organization of American States – among 300 other institutions – extended an invitation to the government and indigenous peoples to “reach agreements that allow us to confront the grave economic crisis, the social And the political that Ecuador crosses ”.

Since 14 June, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities has indefinitely maintained a national strike, which has particularly affected six provinces in north-central Ecuador.

The protests have been characterized by intermittent violent blockades of main roads in six provinces, while capital groups of protesters march through the city attacking vehicles and civilians and forcing the closure of businesses, including Some have been robbed. In the Andean city of Riobamba, a mob violently stormed a government building, which they occupied.

During Tuesday, protesters also attacked the building of the Prosecutor General’s office, with officials inside, and occupied wells and oil installations to prevent the state from being prosecuted for not shipping the country’s main export product, oil. Was forced to declare a state of force.

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