The trial is taking place in the locality of Latacunga, 80 km south of Quito.
It is in this jurisdiction where Leonidas Iza, leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), was arrested on June 14. He was released on bail 24 hours later.
The indigenous leader, who signed an agreement on June 30 with the government of conservative President Guillermo Lasso to end 18 days of mobilization, was present at the hearing.
According to Raul Ilaquiche, one of his lawyers, the trial could last
several days because of the number of witnesses.
The Office of the People’s Advocate, a public body that monitors respect for human rights, tweeted that its delegates were
present at the hearing to follow the trialwhich takes place behind closed doors.
Leonidas Iza is accused of
paralysis of a public servicean offense punishable by up to three years in prison.
According to Latacunga authorities, some 2,000 people gathered peacefully outside the court to express their support for the indigenous leader.
While central Quito has been particularly affected by the protest, authorities say road blockages have affected 19 of the country’s 24 provinces. A thousand oil wells have also been blocked in the Amazon.
According to the words of the President of the Central Bank, Guillermo Avellan, the 18 days of dispute caused the economy to lose a billion dollars, ormillion in the private sector and 225million in the public sector”,”text”:”775million in the private sector and 225million in the public sector”}}”>775 million in the private sector and 225 million in the public sector.
Oil production, which reached 520,000 barrels a day on the eve of the dispute, halved during the crisis. It rose to 461,600 barrels a day on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Energy.
The agreement signed between the government and the Conaiein particular provides for a reduction in the price of fuel, which has already come into force.
The Conaieparticipated in the overthrow of three presidents between 1997 and 2005, and won its showdown in 2019 with ex-president Lenin Moreno (2017-2021) against the end of a fuel subsidy.