Government Ecuador Friday (17) ordered an exceptional position to control protests in the country, but still, the country’s largest tribal organization closed roads in three Andean provinces on Saturday.
On Friday, President Guillermo Lasso declared a 30-day state of emergency in Picincha, Kodopaksi and Impabura, where protests have continued indefinitely.
Tribal protesters set up roadblocks in Quito – Photo: Veronica Lombida / AFP
Announcing the move, Lasso said he was committed to protecting the capital and the country. The news was broadcast on radio and television.
Under this measure, the civil right to assemble is suspended.
The Confederation of Indigenous Peoples (Conaie), the main organization behind the protests, did not end the protests. Conaie’s president, Leonidas Iza, responded to the president’s order early Saturday morning: “We recognize the struggle at the national level indefinitely.”
The protests in the country lasted for six days.
As of Saturday morning, there were locks in 14 of the country’s 24 provinces, according to state-run security organization ECU911.
Caravan arrives for demonstrations in Quito on June 15, 2022 – Photo: Veronica Lombida / AFP
Since the protests began, at least 83 people have been injured and 40 detained, according to officials and local organizations.
Connie said Saturday that Issa was traveling in a vehicle that was shot.
Connie took part in social uprisings that ousted three heads of state between 1997 and 2005 and 2019 – the organization that staged anti-government riots in Quito last year that lasted more than a week, killing 11 people and injuring more than a thousand. .
Attempts were made to negotiate between the protesters and the government, but so far it has not happened.
The Church, the UN and the universities offered to mediate the talks.
Struggle against petrol prices
The reason for the protests is the rise in fuel prices. Until October 2021, prices were frozen. Since then, diesel has risen by 90% and petrol by 46%.
Since last year, the company has proposed to reduce prices to US $ 1.50 and US $ 2.10, respectively.
Another exception has been in effect in the coastal provinces of Esmeraldas, Manafi and Quays since April 30, due to an increase in drug trafficking and violence. Protests took place this Saturday in KwaZulu-Natal.
Lasso is one year in power.
On Friday, he announced a series of government measures, including a $ 5 increase in bonuses for the poor (now they will receive $ 55), a subsidy of up to 50% on the price of urea for small and medium farmers, and a waiver of up to US $ 3,000 in loans provided by the State Bank for product development.
Connie replied that the most important issues had not been resolved. However, he added: “We welcome points where there is improvement.
Protesters are proposing a ten-point reduction and demanding that the list be met before talks with the government.
Poverty until last December Ecuador 27.7% of the population and extreme poverty, 10.5%. Rural areas are the most vulnerable.
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