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The negotiated exit to the protests in Ecuador stalls in the indigenous pulse to the Government


The leader of the protesters conditions a possible negotiation to President Lasso deactivating the state of exception and withdrawing the police and the military from Quito

The president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, Leonidas Iza, in red, marches in the demonstrations this Wednesday in Quito. David Diaz Arcos (Bloomberg)

Far from bringing social demands to a negotiating table, Leonidas Iza is betting on more days of protests in the streets of Quito.

The indigenous leader who gives face to a week and a half of demonstrations in Ecuador has disdained the Government's invitation to dialogue and, rather, has imposed new conditions.

For the president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities to agree to talk in the same space with the Ecuadorian president, Guillermo Lasso, he must deactivate the state of emergency decreed over the weekend and order the withdrawal of the police and military guarding key points From the capital.

In parallel to these conditions and the push and pull of the two political leaders, the concentrations have escalated the tone of violence.

There are already two deaths and pitched battle scenes in the historic center of Quito.

"We come to solve problems, but the State receives us with violence," Iza pronounced this Wednesday in one of her several live broadcasts through the networks.

Unlike the previous days, in which he had made occasional appearances at the beginning or end of the day, the leader of the indigenous peoples joined his people in the marches and was filled with proclamations and harangues of resistance.

The night before he had refused to put an end to the national paralysis, despite having received 10 proposals from the Government, largely attending to his 10 claim points.

The refusal to talk was badly received in the Lasso Administration.

"To dialogue, two parties are needed and we are willing," said the Government Minister as a reaction.

“But it cannot be with impositions or with the kidnapping of an entire country

nor of an entire government”, Francisco Jiménez clarified in the early hours of a day that Iza dedicated to reinforcing his image as a convener of large masses.

Wednesday's mid-afternoon march through downtown Quito, colorful and peaceful, contrasted with the clashes of the previous days at night.

In recent days of protest, sticks and stones have been flown at police officers, as well as tear gas against demonstrators.

A young man died in the city of the Amazonian province of Puyo, with a head injury that the participants in the call attribute to the impact of a tear gas bomb launched by the police and that the Minister of the Interior, Patricio Carrillo, attributes to an incident with homemade explosives caused by the demonstrators themselves.

Despite the initial disdain of Leonidas Iza to address the rapprochement proposals transferred from the Presidential Palace of Carondelet, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities responded in writing to the Government.

A letter was published on Twitter, signed by Iza and four other community leaders, which the Minister of Government considered received to start an "effective" dialogue, in a gesture as if to show that if there were to be any negotiation it would be due to the predisposition official.

The document, precisely, made the Executive ugly after months of frustrated conversations in which the indigenous representatives had raised their social demands, due to the economic difficulties that overwhelm families in rural areas of Ecuador, but which were never addressed.

They will only sit at the table, according to the document, if there are “guarantees” that the government proposals will be fulfilled and if points of negotiation considered “unfeasible” are not restricted.

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Source: elparis

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