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In Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso suspends dialogue with the natives

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Published on: 06/29/2022 – 02:03 While a soldier was killed on Tuesday in a “terrorist” act, according to the Ecuadorian army, conservative President Guillermo Lasso suspended dialogue with indigenous leaders in the head of demonstrations which have paralyzed the country for more than two weeks to demand in particular a drop in fuel prices. Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso on Tuesday June 28 suspended dialogue with indigenous leaders leading the movement against the high cost of living, after the death of a soldier in eastern Ecuador, suggesting a prosecution of the arm of iron between the executive and the demonstrators. A military convoy which protected tank trucks was attacked at dawn by an armed group in the Amazonian part of the country, announced the army in the morning, reporting one soldier killed and twelve wounded in this “terrorist act” committed with firearms and spears.”We will not sit down again to dialogue with Leonidas Iza who only defends his political interests and not those of his base” , said the conservative head of state in a short speech, denouncing a “criminal attack”. more than two weeks nes to demand in particular a drop in fuel prices.”Opportunist”In addition to the soldier killed, five demonstrators died in violence with the police and more than 500 people, civilians or members of the security forces, were injured “The country has witnessed all the efforts we have made to establish a fruitful and sincere dialogue (…). To our indigenous brothers and sisters, you deserve better than an opportunistic leader who has deceived you,” President Lasso said. “We are not going to negotiate with those who hold Ecuador hostage or those who attack our forces of security and play with the health and lives of Ecuadorians,” he added. “Only when there are legitimate representatives of all the peoples and nationalities of Ecuador, who seek real solutions and are open to a real and frank dialogue, that we will come back to the dialogue table”, he posed as a condition. La Conaie immediately reacted by accusing the government of “authoritarianism” and “lack of will”. “We hold Guillermo Lasso responsible for the consequences of his warmongering policy (…) Lasso does not break with Leonidas, he breaks with the people”, thundered the organization on Twitter. had not appeared at the discussions which had begun the day before in Quito with the representatives indigenous groups, including Leonidas Iza, which take place in an annex of the great Catholic basilica in the capital. “We want peace” “We are currently at an impasse in this dialogue process, but we are leaving the door open”, reacted later the head of Conaie. “We want peace! Stay united, (…) do not take action”, he launched to several dozen of his supporters gathered in front of the neo-Gothic Basilica. After more than two weeks of blockages and several episodes of violence, including two attempts to intrude protesters into the precincts of Parliament, indigenous representatives and a government delegation were nevertheless to advance on Tuesday towards a way out of the crisis. Spear or shield in hand, groups of dozens of demonstrators circulated on Tuesday the capital, around two universities and a cultural center serving as their base, as well as in the district of the Basilica. No major incident or confrontation was reported for this day. The government “does not plan to declare a new state of emergency, the situation is calm”, indicated the Minister of the Interior, Patricio Carillo. Guillermo Lasso , in power since May 2021, is also threatened with dismissal. The majority but divided parliamentary opposition blames him for the “serious political crisis” that is shaking Ecuador. The debate on a possible impeachment has resumed in Parliament. At the end of the debate, Members will have 72 hours to vote. A majority of 92 votes out of 137 is necessary to obtain the impeachment. With AFP

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