Quito ( Associated Press) — An Ecuadorian government minister said on Wednesday that officials do not accept the conditions imposed by the indigenous territory as a need to start talks aimed at demanding a peaceful solution to the 10-day-long protests.
Indigenous leader Leonidas Iza on Tuesday night demanded that the government end the state of emergency in the six provinces—where the largest number of acts of violence have been recorded—that it remove and eliminate the police around those places. where they are in the capital. And that they allow them access to El Arbolito Park and the neighboring Casa de la Cultura so that they can concentrate and hold assemblies.
“This is not the time to impose more conditions, this is not the time to demand more demands, this is not the time to sit and talk, we are on the tenth day of the strike,” Minister Francisco Jiménez told Teleamazonas television network. “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.
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 maintained a national strike, which particularly affected six provinces in the north-centre of Ecuador, reducing the price of gasoline, setting prices for agricultural products. And a bigger budget for education, among other claims.
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.