President Lasso invited Leonidas Iza to speak in Carondelet



Guillermo Lasso made the announcement on the national network.  Photo: AP


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Guillermo Lasso made the announcement on the national network. Photo: AP

The spokesman for the presidency, Carlos Jijón, confirmed via Twitter that the president of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso He invited Leonidas Iza, president of CONAIE, and the leaders of the Peoples’ Parliament to continue the dialogue.

The meeting will take place next Wednesday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Palacio de Carondelet. The dialogue has been planned for that date since from October 28 to November 7 the first president will be out of the country.



Leonidas Iza


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Leonidas Iza

The announcement of Jijón It occurs after two days of mobilizations where incidents have been recorded between protesters and personnel of the National Police and the Armed Forces. According to the latest report by the Minister of Government, Alexandra Varela, nine detainees have been released while it was reported that eight policemen were injured after the clashes.

Until the issuance of this note, the indigenous bases have not issued an affirmative response to the invitation made by President Lasso.

Ecuador has been experiencing a state of social mobilization since Tuesday in which the unions and the indigenous movement have urged citizens to block roads and demonstrate against what they consider to be the neoliberal policies of Guillermo Lasso’s Executive and the rise in fuel prices.

Today, roads were blocked in at least nine provinces, where the Police intervened to open them and clear the protesters from the roads. For the minister, “The Ecuadorian people have shown one more day that they want to continue working” for the country, and in a balance of the day said that there were “intermittent blockades”, The worst case south of Quito, at a junction of the Alóag road that connects the capital with the city of Santo Domingo, to the west, and with Latacunga, to the south.



Mobilization in Quito


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Mobilization in Quito

These interruptions occurred on a dozen roads of which seven of them have already been cleared. Regarding the confrontations at some points, he assured against complaints of excessive use of force that the Police and the Armed Forces acted “in accordance with human rights” and that “no effect of affectation on citizens” has been registered. This despite complaints from social groups and even an NGO that denounced a “point blank” shot with a rubber bullet against a journalist.

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