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The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuador (Conaie) demanded this Tuesday that the Government put an end to the state of exception that governs six provinces of the country and that it cease the repression of the protests, measures that would foster a process of dialogue with the president William Lasso.

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In a statement through social networks, the top leader of the Conaie and main promoter of the mobilization, Leonidas Iza, thus responded to the offer to start a dialogue process with the Government, sponsored by various civil society organizations, such as the Church Catholic, and which Lasso has already agreed to attend.

Iza evaluated this ninth day of social mobilization as one of the most violent against protesters by law enforcement, military and police forces, especially in Quito, where the bulk of the protest has been concentrated.

The indigenous leader warned of a “serious political crisis” and an “irresponsible” repression against the indigenous movement, which is the head of a group of social groups dissatisfied with the economic management of the conservative Lasso government.

He lamented that the Executive’s response has been based since Monday, June 13, when the indefinite social mobilization began, almost exclusively on the use of force and arrests, which he described as illegal.


The militarization of the National Assembly, with the occupation by the public force of the facilities of the House of Culture and the siege around the universities that have welcomed the protesters, has been the response of the Government, commented the leader indigenous.

Iza said that these events have exacerbated the spirits of the indigenous people, especially because they have been prevented from entering the El Arbolito park, located next to the House of Culture, a place where protesters traditionally gather and which housed the indigenous people in the protests of October 2019, an episode that paralyzed the country for about ten days and that resulted in a dozen deaths and 1,500 injuries nationwide.

He also said that so far the Conaie has registered two people killed in the context of police repression, in reference to one who died when rolling down a hillside in the Collas sector, near Quito, and another in the protests of this Tuesday in the Amazonian province of Pastaza.

He also spoke of 79 detainees, but stressed that this figure could increase while the information from the other provinces where the social protest against an “economic policy that is starving us” is consolidated, he said.


In this environment, Iza demanded that the Government guarantee the rights of the people and asked that repressive actions be reduced, that the state of emergency in force since last Saturday be repealed and that the El Arbolito park area in Quito be demilitarized.

This request has the objective of allowing a popular assembly of all social sectors to be installed in that space to define the mechanisms for dialogue.

Delegates from indigenous people, unions, teachers, housewives, artisans, peasants, Afro-descendants, women, intellectuals, artists and retirees will be part of said national and popular assembly, added Iza.

The president of Conaie said that this is the only way to move on to a dialogue process that generates results, since he commented that on previous occasions the popular organizations have been mocked by the rulers, who in the end have not complied with their offers.

“We are going to sustain this fight” for a “dialogue with results”, concluded Iza.

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