Indefinite national strike in Ecuador;  Lula presents program for the reconstruction of Brazil;  Gustavo Petro and Venezuela talk to open common border;  Deaths in Afghanistan due to earthquake

Eleven days on indefinite national strike in Ecuador

After 11 days of demonstrations by the main indigenous groups against the economic policies of President Guillermo Lasso, the Government of Ecuador assured that the state of exception that governs six of the 24 provinces of the country will not be lifted. On Twitter, the Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement of Ecuador questioned the new decree, and said that it wants to divert attention from the insecurity crisis in the country. He also denounced the death of a third person, a victim of police repression. The leader of the indigenous movement requested, as a condition for the dialogue, that the President withdraw the state of exception, demilitarize the House of Culture and the El Arbolito park in Quito. (International Editorial)


Lula presents his program for the reconstruction of Brazil

In order to recover Brazil after the destruction caused by the administration of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, the presidential candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, presented a government plan in case he wins the October elections, something that seems possible after the latest polls that give him 48% voting intention compared to 27% for Bolsonaro. The former Brazilian president showed a 120-point plan that addresses issues related to labor reform, Petrobras, the defense of the Amazon and the fight against social problems. He urged citizens to participate in the reconstruction of Brazil, while pointing out that “the 2022 election is one of the most important in the country’s history, after so many attacks on democracy, the people and the Brazilian nation.” (International Editorial)

Gustavo Petro and the Government of Venezuela dialogue to open common border

The elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, confirmed that he contacted the Government of Venezuela to open the common border and restore the full exercise of human rights on the border line. During his election campaign, Petro was in Norte de Santander, where he spoke in Cúcuta with footwear and manufacturing businessmen about the urgency of industrializing the border and improving relations with Venezuela. In this way they would face the economic and commercial crisis that the region is experiencing. He also raised the need to promote a railway project for the border area. (LP)

More than a thousand dead in Afghanistan due to the earthquake

Afghan authorities reported that at least 1,030 people were killed and more than 1,500 injured as a result of the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that shook the east of the country. The earthquake had its epicenter 46 km from the city of Kost, capital of the homonymous province, at a depth of ten kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey. It affected the province of Paktika, south of Kost, and bordering Pakistan. These figures are expected to rise as rescue operations progress, slowed down by rain and wind in the area, where people are living in precarious conditions. (Telesur)

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