The Government and the indigenous people agree to the end of the protests in Ecuador after a new drop in fuel

The Government and the indigenous people agree to end the protests in Ecuador after a new fuel drop

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso and the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE)reached a laborious agreement to finalize the national strike who has shaken the country for eighteen days and who left six dead and hundreds wounded on the way. “We are going to make the countryside and rural areas a national priority. We will put an end to the abandonment that has been suffered by the State for more than 40 years. We have listened and we know the challenges that lie ahead,” he said the mandatary. The understanding is however precarious. The Government has 90 days to materialize the agreement. “Fulfilling the agreement between the government and Conaie represents an arduous task,” said the Guayaquil newspaper El Universo, . For now, the Government, which has taken office in May 2021, has bought time to ward off the ghost of a social explosion like the one in 2019. The key to this new understanding has been a reduction in the price of fuel by 15 cents. five dollars more than the authorities had offered.

Conaie demanded a reduction of 40 cents due to the effects of the shortage in the most disadvantaged social sectors. But the protest had reached a limit that was difficult to cross. The urban sectors disapproved of his policy. The indigenous leaders then decided to retrace their steps, among other reasons so as not to be linked to former President Rafael Correa. His supporters unsuccessfully tried to force Lasso's removal from Congress. La Conaie and Correa have never gotten along. Not even the crisis creates conditions for coincidences. In this context, the timid rapprochement with the government took place. The negotiations between the parties resumed last Wednesday with the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conferenceas an intermediary, after the previous dialogue was affected by a spike in tension in the streets. Lasso has promised to repeal the state of emergency and repeal decrees related to the production of hydrocarbons and mining that the indigenous movement challenged for its environmental effects.

End of the mobilizations

Conaie tried to prevent show herself the winner in her dispute with Lasso. “The unity of the peoples is present, the struggle continues and that is the determination of the collective conscience. Only solidarity and consequence overcame repression. For the people and Long live unity for the people from the jungle, the sea, the moors,” he said.

According to consultant Gabriella Guerrero, the government has not weakened. She now has a “new opportunity” to “become aware that things are not going well” and carry out “a new plan of action”. In its editorial this Friday, the capital's newspaper El Comercio considered that the country “can rejoice” at the end of the protests. However, he remembered that, beyond of “relief”, the fracture of society has deepened. “The commitment to have a country that is on the way to a more just, equitable, supportive future is a duty of all. Fractured, failure is destiny.”

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