Quito ( Associated Press) – The Ecuadorian government minister said on Wednesday that the authorities did not accept the conditions imposed by the indigenous territory to launch dialogue aimed at demanding a peaceful solution to the 10-day protests and turned violent. .
In front of hundreds of demonstrators, indigenous leader Leonidas Iza said that “we are always open to dialogue, but we have said that dialogue cannot be meant to make fun of the Ecuadorian people” and warned that “we no longer have to survive.” conditions, not even alive, for which it seemed to us to go to Quito before the deaf ears of the government. ”
He insisted that “we came in for 10 points and we would come back with those 10 points” in a demand reference that included cutting the price of gasoline from $2.55 to $2.10 per gallon, setting agricultural products prices, and budgeting. . for intercultural education, among others.
On Tuesday night, Iza demanded that the government, ahead of a dialogue, end the state of emergency in the six provinces—where the largest number of acts of violence have been recorded—demonstrate and eliminate police around places where They are in the capital and that allows them access to the park of El Arbolito and the neighboring House of Culture and to mind the assembly.
“This is not the time to impose more conditions, this is not the time to demand more demands, this is the time to sit and talk, we are on the tenth day of the strike,” said Francisco Jiménez, the minister of the government, of the television network Teleamazonas. For. “And we can’t wait, the capital can’t wait, the country can’t wait.”
“We cannot take the stand of exception as it is making the capital defenseless…First we have to sit to talk, talk, we have to table the issues,” he said.
He said that the government of President Guillermo Lasso is ready to hold possible talks at any date, place, time with the mediators who have been designated to reach a consensus.
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 about the continuing unrest in the country, especially because They affect the fundamental rights of all citizens” and invited the parties to dialogue and “concrete agreements” aimed at reconciliation, peace and progress.
For its part, the US State Department raised its alert level for travel to Ecuador on Wednesday and warned Americans to reconsider visiting that country because of the unrest and violence.
With little traffic and most businesses closed, the capital was almost paralyzed.
The interior minister, Patricio Carrillo, said at a news conference that in the city of Puyo, in the Amazon, the greatest hostilities were recorded on Tuesday with furious crowds “compared to absolutely irrational acts, with explosives, with ancestral weapons and with Weapons carbine-type firearms attacked civilian and police personnel.” That city is 152 kilometers southeast of the capital and 18 missing agents and one dead civilian have been registered.
“We will present a complaint to the prosecutor’s office to protest these irrational acts, which are not social protests,” he said.
Universities, churches, delegations from the United Nations Organization and the Organization of American States—along with another 300 institutions—invited the government and indigenous peoples to “reach agreements that allow Ecuadorians to cope with the severe economic, social and The political phase we are going through.”
Since June 14, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities has indefinitely continued a national strike, which particularly affected six provinces in the north-central region of Ecuador.
The protests have been characterized by intermittent violent blockades of main roads in six provinces, while in the capital, groups of demonstrators roam the city and attack vehicles and civilians and force businesses to close, some of which are looted. was taken.
During the day on Tuesday, protesters also stormed the attorney general’s office building, which officers were inside, and took over oil wells and facilities, which forced the state to avoid prosecution for not delivering oil shipments. Forced to declare the status of, the main export product of the country.