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Protests continue in Ecuador as part of indigenous strike

Quito ( Associated Press) – A strike called by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities continued in Ecuador on Thursday, sparking separate protests in the nation’s capital and blockades in more than half of the Andean nation’s 24 provinces. These are the new indigenous protests demanding that the government reduce the price of fuel, among other demands.

Demonstrators planted huge stones, trunks and trees on provincial roads that blocked the passage of all kinds of vehicles, including ambulances, while in Quito some protesters burned tires and others drove around in vehicles without any problems.

Indigenous peoples call on President Guillermo Lasso’s government to lower the price of gasoline from $2.55 a gallon to $2.10, set prices for agricultural products and not allow mining and non-expansion of oil limits. their exploitation.

The leader of that confederation, Leonidas Iza, told the press that he was analyzing the fighting from the provinces to the capital “in the next hours, noting that we do not have an answer from the national government.”

It could trigger the arrival of thousands of farmers and indigenous peoples in Quito, the start of two weeks of violent protests in October 2019 that were on the verge of overthrowing President Lenin Moreno (2017-2021). At that time he was opposing the partial abolition of fuel price subsidy.

“We hope for the good of the country that President Lasso understands the gravity of the situation,” Hernan Reyes, an analyst and professor at Andean University, told the Associated Press.

One of the most disputed areas due to the number of obstructions and the enormity of the protests is the Cotopaxi province in the Ecuadorian Andean center, where the owners of the farms producing flowers, broccoli and fruit extracts condemned the invasion and condemned such destruction. Condemn the indigenous threats. According to videos and complaints from the Association of Flower Exporters, which groups them.

The government’s minister, Francisco Jiménez, told a news conference that “we do not need more struggle and stagnation” to combat social inequalities.

With no known synergy between the government and the protesters, the situation has apparently reached a standstill.

Protests escalated on Wednesday following the arrest and subsequent release of Iza, who will face a trial from early July, charged with paralyzing public service that drives people and goods through blocked highways. was for transportation.

No major demonstrations have been recorded in cities where markets are maintained with intermittent supply of agricultural products.

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