A massive mobilization of students in support of the protests of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie) in the Ecuadorian capital was repressed on Wednesday by police forces in downtown Quito.
They repress Ecuadorians who demand freedom from the Pdte. by Conaie
Around 3,000 students, teachers and workers marched peacefully through the historic center of Quito to Santo Domingo square, where the demonstrators were repressed and dispersed with tear gas by the police near the presidential palace of Carondelet.
During the march, the demonstrators carried banners and launched messages against President Guillermo Lasso for the economic situation that the South American country is going through.
The Federation of University Students of Ecuador joined the call convened by Conaie, the most important social organization in the country, which called for strengthening the indefinite protest from the territories where the communities and other popular groups act.
The student march that was originally called to support the leader of the Conaie, Leonidas Iza, changed its tone when it was learned that the indigenous leader had been released after being detained for 24 hours, accused of paralyzing public services due to the closure of roads.
After being released, Leonidas Iza described his detention on Wednesday as a political kidnapping ordered by the government.
The Conaie leader reiterated his call to strengthen the protest and maintain it, even if he were arrested again.
Leonidas Iza Salazar free!
After 24 hours of illegal detention and due to social pressure within the framework of the #National Strike The judge orders his immediate release.
The mobilization continues with the 10 issues raised, thanks to all the signs of solidarity.
Long live the social struggle ���� pic.twitter.com/EOuYLvfzJe
— CONAIE (@CONAIE_Ecuador)
June 15, 2022
The main demands of the Conaie to the Government of Guillermo Lasso include the freezing of fuel prices, economic relief for more than four million families, fair prices for farm products, an end to job insecurity, respect for the rights collectives and effective programs against the growing national insecurity.