The president gains time by changing one decree for another when the opposition was going to repeal the first
- Ecuador The indigenous confederation maintains the national strike and plans the taking of Quito
- Latin America Ecuador declares a state of emergency in the face of indigenous protests, which leave at least 43 injured
political move of William Lasso against the national strike. The parliamentary session had already begun during which the opposition had gathered around the corresmo to repeal the state of exception when the president went ahead with a last-minute maneuver: he repealed executive decree number 455 to publish 459, with which extended the controversial state of exception not only to Pichincha (what includes Quito), Imbabura and Cotopaxi, as in the first, but also to the Chimborazo, Tungurahua Y Pasta.
The presidential objective is to limit the impact of the national strike on its eighth day and prevent the indigenous takeover of Quito. The leaders of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) they intend not only to repeat the impact of the 2019 protests, but also to topple the government. The claims agenda is also similar: Conaie demands as its main demand the freeze and decrease in the price of gasoline. The measures proposed so far by the government have been described as “ridiculous” by the indigenous people.
Against the government they agreed the parliamentary group of the corresta Union for Hope (Unes), majority in the Assembly, as well as radicals from the indigenous party Pachakutik and the dissidents of Democratic Left, along with several independents. Between all of them they added around 80 deputies, 10 more than those necessary to repeal a decree that no longer existed.
“New decree, master move. The government buys time, but until when?”, the analyst highlighted Pedro Donosa.
The vote was held when the first fatality was already counted. Three people fell down a creek when they tried to enter the capital from the north and one of them died. The Home Office denied that the accident had occurred during a police intervention.
Prior to the vote, Guillermo Lasso insisted that he was willing to prevent the taking of the capital. “The Ecuador choose democracy, never chaos! As president, I always seek dialogue, but I will not allow it to affect those who want to work. I am here to fulfill the commitments I have with the country and defend the capital,” the president said.
The conservative leader, who has been in power for barely a year, maintains a conciliatory hand extended to the rebels, although ensures that you do not resign, as the protesters demand. Lasso complained that his attempts to start a dialogue with indigenous and social organizations have not found an echo.
The situation in Quito is one of high tension, as was already the case in the 2019 protests, in which there were violent clashes and the burning of much of the Comptroller. The police raid the House of Culture, usual refuge of the natives, to hinder the logistics of the rebels.
Leading the march is the controversial leader of Conaie, Leonard Iza, whose temporary detention further heightened spirits. Iza belongs to the most radical sector, which coincides with the anti-government agenda of the corresmo, whose leader, former president Rafael Correa, it remains fugitive from justice after being sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption.