The Ecuadorian Police Attacks Indigenous People

Riot units of the Ecuadorian Police attacked hundreds of indigenous people who had arrived on the campus of the Central (State) University of Quito on Tuesday night, as part of the indefinite national strike against the government’s economic policy.

On the ninth day of the mobilization, the Ecuadorian capital suffered a day of strong clashes between agents and protesters, also within the framework of a second state of emergency decreed by the President of the Republic, Guillermo Lasso, to try to stop the protests in his against.

The Police used abundant tear gas against students and indigenous people who arrived on Monday at the Central University campus, converted by its authorities into a reception center for peasants, especially women and children, and declared a “zone of peace.”

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Several indigenous leaders who were there withdrew for minutes and denounced that the Police attack occurred at a time when many peasants were carrying out the ritual of Inti Raimy (Feast of the Sun, in Quichua), which is celebrated on the solstice of summer.

In addition, they denounced that the launching of tear gas canisters inside the campus of the academic center occurred at a time when many peasant mothers and children were receiving health and food care from social groups that have shown solidarity with the protesters.

The police attack also occurred at a time when a statement was expected from the leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie), Leonidas Iza, on the possibility of opening a space for dialogue between that movement and the government.

The mobilizations, which have also taken place in other provinces of the country, in Quito were harshly repressed around the El Arbolito park and the neighboring Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, a complex that is usually used by protesters, but which is now taken by public force.

The protests around the Salesian Polytechnic University and the National Polytechnic University were also harsh.

In that sector, the Police also fired tear gas and rubber bullets, which has generated an angry reaction from human rights groups.

The demonstrators, for their part, have used stones and sticks and have defended themselves with shields made of brass, as well as force actions in the area of ​​the Catholic University, where they have broken an access door.

Throughout the day it has been possible to observe the constant overflight of Army and Police helicopters, as well as the actions of groups of volunteer paramedics who have helped several injured protesters, some of them with rubber bullet impacts.

The indigenous people demand that the state of emergency decreed by the Government in six provinces be repealed to stop the protests and that the repression cease to promote a space for dialogue on the ten points that make up the list of demands that Conaie has presented.

Among the demands are included the freezing and reduction of fuel prices, price control of basic necessities, preventing privatization and avoiding labor flexibility, among others.

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