Indigenous leader accepts dialogue with Lasso and social groups announce suspension of strike in Ecuador

The president of the Conference of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), Leónidas Iza, has accepted the proposal of the country’s president, Guillermo Lasso, to initiate a dialogue to put an end to the protests against the Executive, while the organizing social groups of the strikes have proposed the temporary suspension of these.

Iza has met this Thursday with the peasant and indigenous organizations of the sector to debate on declaring a halt to the mobilizations and respecting the traditions of the peoples for the celebrations of the Day of the Dead, the Ecuadorian newspaper ‘El Comercio’ collects.

In this meeting, the indigenous leader has transferred that he has accepted the hand extended by Lasso to negotiate the end of the mobilizations against the Executive due to high fuel prices, in addition to the presence of the president in the Pandora Papers and the general economic situation from the country.

However, Iza has insisted that this meeting should be held in a public place with listeners to avoid a press conference later. "arguing that they reached an agreement, when there is none".

"After the meetings, they give a press conference arguing that they reached an agreement, when there is none. So that this does not happen, the word of one and the other must be guaranteed dialogue in a public and transparent way", has pointed out.

Regarding the protests, launched this Tuesday, the president of CONAIE has valued the efforts of the protesters who in some cases have spent these 72 hours "without sleeping, without resting and others without eating", but what have they achieved "to hold" the "struggle".

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However, the cessation of the protests will be for a limited time, since both CONAIE and the United Front of Workers (FUT) have indicated that they will resume the actions "after the long holiday", in reference to the celebrations for the Day of the Dead in the country.

The mobilizations take place after President Lasso, questioned about his presence in the ‘Pandora Papers’, suspended last week the monthly increase in the price of fuels, in force since last year, but setting a rise for diesel and gasoline, ignoring the demands of unions and organizations that demand a downward freeze.

Inflation in Ecuador reached a level of 1.07 percent in year-on-year terms during September, driven in large part by the increase in prices in transport, education, food and housing and the rise in international oil prices.

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