Demonstrations in Ecuador: the tone rises between the Amerindians and the government

For the third day in a row, thousands of Native Americans demonstrate this Wednesday across Ecuador against the government’s economic policy. As the tone rises, this standoff brings back painful memories to a country plagued by doubt.

Grouped within the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), protesters are calling for lower fuel prices, as well as more “just” for the peasants. But also economic aid for the poor and a brake on the violence that agitates the country, largely due to the growing role of drug trafficking, which the government seems to be struggling to curb.

To make themselves heard, they block the roads of at least 11 of the 24 provinces of the country, according to the official site of the security service Ecu 911, which lists these summary dams, often made up of burnt tires, stones and bits. of wood, which the authorities dismantle as soon as they can.

Second Force in Parliament

Amerindians are a strong force in Ecuador, where they took part in the protests that brought down three presidents between 1997 and 2005. But for now it is difficult to say who emerged victorious from these first days of confrontations.

As the influential newspaper reminds us El Comercio :

“The government maintains that the response to the call (to strike) was not as massive as expected,

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