Tension does not subside in Ecuador

More than 10,000 indigenous Ecuador they left their territories and took their discontent to the capital, Quito. In ten days of protests they have claimed the president’s government William Lassoa former right-wing banker, the high cost of living in the nation.

Summoned by the mighty Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie), the demonstrators demand the reduction of the price of fuel, the suspension of mining concessions in native territories and the control of the price of agricultural products.

Marguerite Malavera, 35 years old, traveled about 270 km by truck from the Amazonian capital of Puyo until Quito, because life “is hard”. She is a Kichwa-sarayaku indigenous woman, a native of the jungle village of sarayakuprovince of pasta (southeast), a region he left 15 years ago in search of work. He now washes other people’s clothes to survive together with his three children in Puyo.

“I want prices to drop, for life not to be very expensive,” says the woman whose face is painted with black figures “as a symbol of war.”

Insecurity forced Carlos Nazareno31, to leave his native coastal province of Esmeraldas to seek better days in Pasta. There he joined the indigenous guard, with whom he protests in Quito, spear in hand.

The Afro-Ecuadorian makes and sells bamboo furniture. When he does well he earns about $300, less than the basic salary ($425). “He barely enough to eat, not enough for my children’s supply list,” says Nazareno, father of four. And sometimes, in a whole week, “nothing is sold”.

In one year, diesel rose 90% and regular gasoline 46%. The Conaie demands to reduce prices in order to continue with its activities.

Rivers of protesters increase the pressure in the militarized streets of Quito. The indigenous people and the Ecuadorian government measure forces without a solution in sight, 10 days into the crisis with protests that leave two dead and dozens injured.

WITH INFORMATION FROM AFP

Infographic: Xavier Rodríguez

A RAPPORTEURSHIP

Highlights of the anti-government protests in Ecuador, which began on June 13 fueled by the Conaie.

* Led by the largest indigenous group in the country, against rising fuel prices

* The protests accumulate 10 days and so far have left two dead and hundreds injured

* Also from
denounce the lack of employment, demands the control of the prices of agricultural products

* In power a year ago, President Lasso warned that he will not authorize road blockades

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