Quito, Sep 15 (EFE).- A thousand people marched this Wednesday through the streets of downtown Quito in a new protest against President Guillermo Lasso, who demanded urgent measures to face the economic and social crisis that the country has been experiencing since 2019 and which has been aggravated for the pandemic.
With banners reading “No to the privatization of public companies” or “Live together and free, for equality and justice,” the protesters left the Parque de El Ejido toward the Plaza de la Independencia, about two kilometers and where the presidency is located, without any incident having been reported so far.
“The united people will never be defeated,” the protesters shouted in their advance, militants in some cases of the United Workers’ Front (FUT), the main labor union of the country and convenor of the protest and, in others, of different social groups such as the indigenous movement Conaie or the union of university students FEUE, which have adhered to it.
Students have joined the protest after successive cuts to the budget for higher education, some 145 million between 2020 and 2021 jointly, although they endorse the rest of the demands of the so-called “unitary platform” social.
Among them is the immediate cancellation of a decree of the previous government that established a new mechanism for fixing the price of fuel, which in recent months has caused a rise in gasoline.
But also urgent measures to combat underemployment, poverty, against the privatization of public companies, mining and oil extractivism, and endless demands mixed with red and white flags from different organizations.
“In 100 days, (Lasso) has not done much to solve the fundamental problems of Ecuadorians, such as work and health,” the president of the FEUE-Nacional, Mauricio Chiluisa, summed up for Efe.
Today’s march is the second organized by the “Unitary Platform”, where the main organizations and unions converge, since the new president came to power on May 24. The previous one was on August 11.
Lasso, who has dedicated his first 100 days of government to a massive vaccination plan, now intends to launch an economic reactivation plan, although time is short due to the need of thousands of Ecuadorian families.
But the president’s ideas, including that of labor amendments that make hiring more flexible, the doubling of oil exploitation, or the austerity policy by 2022, are not to the liking of social groups, some of which threaten a new uprising. like 2019.
“We have told the Minister of Labor that you cannot make a parallel law, because you cannot have class A and class B workers,” complained Ángel Sánchez Zapata, president of the FUT, when evaluating the call. Law of opportunities »of the government.
For his part, José Villavicencio, president of the General Union of Workers of Ecuador (UGTE) and vice president of the FUT, said that “after today’s session we are going to meet immediately to discuss new actions.”
“We are preparing to celebrate two years of the October strike (of 2019), I think President Lasso should analyze that. When the people are not listened to, the people rise up ”, he warned.
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