State of emergency decreed in three provinces of Ecuador due to indigenous protest

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The Ecuadorian indigenous organization, Conaie, protests the rises in the prices of basic necessities and fuel, the precariousness of public hospitals and the care given to farmers.

the president of EcuadorGuillermo Lasso, decreed this Friday a state of emergency in Pichincha, Imbabura and Cotopaxi in response to the national strike called by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), which took to the streets for the fifth consecutive day.

The 30-day state of exception allows the deployment of the Armed Forces for citizen security and anti-crime missions, although the Ecuadorian president has not given details on the deployment of the military or the imposition of a night curfew, as he has made in other exception regimes.

“I promise to defend our capital and defend the country”said the president in a speech broadcast on television. Likewise, he announced a package of measures “with the aim of guaranteeing peace throughout the country and addressing the main demands and concerns of the population.”

“I have decided to increase the human development bonus to 55 dollars (about 48,000 Chilean pesos), declare the public health system an emergency, double the budget for intercultural education, subsidize up to 50% the price of urea (fertilizers) for children and medium-sized producers”, explained Lasso.

The indigenous organization and its allies are protesting the high price of basic necessities and fuel, the precariousness of public hospitals and the care given to farmers.

They also criticize the “neoliberal” policy of President Guillermo Lasso for the alleged privatization of public companies, or the legal reforms underway to promote hourly work.

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