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Ecuador: President Lasso breaks off dialogue with indigenous leaders

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A military convoy protecting tankers leaving a refinery was attacked at dawn by an armed group in the Amazonian part of the country, the army announced in the morning, reporting a soldier killed and 12 injured in this terrorist act committed with firearms and spears.

The Conservative Head of State reacted to this criminal attack in a speech: We will not sit down again to dialogue with Leonidas Iza, who only defends his political interests and not those of his base.

Leonidas Iza is the head of the powerful Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), spearheading protests to demand a drop in fuel prices, which have paralyzed Ecuador for more than two weeks.

In addition to the soldier killed, five demonstrators perished in violence with the security forces and more than 500 people, civilians or members of the security forces, were injured.

The country has witnessed all the efforts we have made to establish a fruitful and sincere dialogue […]. Indigenous brothers and sisters, you deserve better than an opportunistic ruler who cheated on yousaid President Lasso.

We are not going to negotiate with those who hold Ecuador hostage or those who attack our security forces and gamble with the health and lives of Ecuadorians. »

A quote from Guillermo Lasso, President of Ecuador

Only when there are legitimate representatives of all the peoples and nationalities of Ecuador, who seek real solutions and are open to real and frank dialogue, will we return to the dialogue tablehe posed as a condition.

The CONAIE version

The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador immediately reacted to the impeachment of its leader Leonidas Iza, stating: The government breaks off the dialogue, confirming its authoritarianism, its lack of will.

We hold Guillermo Lasso responsible for the consequences of his warmongering policy […] Lasso does not break with Leonidas, he breaks with the peoplewrote the organization on Twitter.

That same morning, the government did not show up for the discussions begun the day before in Quito with indigenous representatives, including Mr. Iza, which are taking place in an annex of the great Catholic basilica in the capital.

We are currently at an impasse in this dialogue process, but we are leaving the door openreacted later the head of the CONAY. We want peace! stay united […] do not take actionhe launched to several dozen of his supporters gathered in front of the neo-Gothic basilica.

Already seated at the negotiating table, Mr. Iza denounced at the microphone the attacks of the police who serve as pretext to interrupt the discussion.

He set a condition for a resumption of negotiations the immediate establishment of an independent commission to establish the facts and responsibilities into the events of the night, demanding that the government cease all provocation.

The conflict escalates

After more than two weeks of blockages and several episodes of violence, including two attempts to intrude protesters into the parliament building, indigenous representatives and the government delegation were nevertheless expected to move towards a way out of the crisis on Tuesday.

As a sign of goodwill, the government on Sunday reduced the price of gasoline and diesel by 10 US cents, but the natives judge insufficient this first drop. He also ended on Saturday the state of emergency declared a week earlier in 6 of the 24 provinces.

Quito, where around ten thousand indigenous demonstrators are gathered according to the police – their number is estimated at some 14,000 across the country – is at the heart of the movement.

Protests against the government continue in Ecuador despite the announcement of lower fuel prices.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP/VERONICA LOMBEIDA

Spear or shield in hand, brandishing the Ecuadorian flag, groups of dozens of demonstrators circulated on Tuesday in the capital, around two universities and a cultural center serving as their base, as well as in the basilica district. No major incidents or clashes were reported during the day.

The government does not plan to declare a new state of emergency, the situation is calmsaid Interior Minister Patricio Carillo.

Guillermo Lasso, in power since May 2021, is also threatened with dismissal. The majority but divided parliamentary opposition held him responsible for the serious political crisis which is shaking Ecuador.

The debate on a possible impeachment has resumed in Parliament. Once the debates are closed, the deputies will have 72 hours to vote. A majority of 92 votes out of 137 is necessary to obtain such an impeachment.

Faced with the attempts of those who want to take advantage of the chaos to destroy the institutions of Ecuador […] I ask the members of the Assembly to assume their responsibilities towards the countrypleaded the president in a video addressed to the deputies.

Past mobilizations of the indigenous movement caused the fall of three presidents between 1997 and 2005.

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