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On the eleventh day, thousands of indigenous people took to the streets of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The powerful indigenous organization CONAIE mobilized the country’s poor for a major struggle and national strike against the government.

They are calling for a freeze on current fuel prices, regulation of basic commodity prices, social assistance, a halt to oil and mining operations, and improved health services.

One List of ten points It is presented to the elected representatives.

But in response, right-wing Ecuadorean President Guillermo Laso declared a state of emergency and deployed armed security forces.

Indigenous women are calling for social reform and for the government to meet ten requirements in Ecuador. Protesters set tires on fire in Quito on Wednesday.

Photo: RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP

– The state deployed the army and issued a decree prohibiting people from meeting and demonstrating, says Santos Villamar, former head of the indigenous organization Venusine.

Santos Villamar is the former president of the indigenous organization Fenocin, which was among the groups behind the mass rally in Ecuador.

Santos Villamar is the former president of the indigenous organization Fenocin and says it has become incredibly expensive for most people in Ecuador recently.

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They are among the original organizations behind the mass mobilization that created a political crisis.

The situation in Keto is chaotic now. The indigenous population of Quito is concentrated in what we call “the capture of the capital,” Villamar continues.

Several killed

Two protesters were killed after clashes with police who responded to the crowd with tear gas. For their part, the demonstrators blocked roads and set tires on fire.

On Wednesday, there were 300 accidents across the country, according to Ecuadorean Police Director Fausto Salinas, who met with the press.

– We’ve arrested 80 people so far. 80 policemen were wounded, 21 were injured, 27 were kidnapped, all were released, and 23 cars were damaged. Salinas says two cars were completely destroyed by their fire.

The director of the Ecuadorean Police, Fausto Salinas, held a press conference on the tragic situation in Ecuador on Wednesday.  The photo was taken on a previous occasion.

Ecuadorean police chief Fausto Salinas said the protesters are not peaceful, and says about 80 police officers have been injured in the country.

Photo: Johanna Alarcon/Reuters

A state of emergency was imposed in six of Ecuador’s 24 provinces in connection with the unrest.

– This is not a peaceful demonstration. This is not a peaceful event. We are still calling for dialogue (..) and we know that there are organized groups who want to create chaos in the city, he said.

Violent clashes between protesters and security forces in several places in Ecuador.

There is great discontent with President Guillermo Laso, a businessman with a financial background, who took power a little more than a year ago.

Photo: Dolores Ochoa/AP

He must learn to listen to people’s demands

The former head of the indigenous organization Fenocin disagrees with the chief of police. He believes that armed police met unarmed people on the streets.

According to Villamar, local police tried to stem the flow into the capital by stopping cars along the roads.

“Despite the restrictions that were put in place to prevent indigenous people from meeting, spending the night, and concentrating in Quito, the number of people who have come is enormous,” Villamar says.

– People are tired of the government not seeing the population. Everything is so expensive now. There are no jobs. The products that farmers have to buy are incredibly expensive. Their economy has collapsed, says the former head of the indigenous organization.

"Lasso (Chief, Editor's Note) is killing us"Demonstrators in Quito wrote on posters on Wednesday. "As long as we're alive, we'll fight for the south"it is written on the post.

“Lasso (the president’s editor) is killing us,” protesters in Quito wrote on posters on Wednesday. He wrote on another, “As long as we are alive, we will fight for the south.”

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Great experience in replacing the president

Last week, the president tried to calm the masses by increasing social support by about 50 kroner a month. Fertilizers will also be refused to farmers, while the health service crisis has been announced so that new resources can be deployed. Indigenous bilinguals must receive instruction in their mother tongue.

Villamar thinks that’s not enough.

- The state deployed the army and issued a decree prohibiting people from meeting and demonstrating, says Santos Villamar, former head of the indigenous organization Venusine.  The photo was taken on another occasion.

– The state deployed the army and issued a decree prohibiting people from meeting and demonstrating, says Santos Villamar, former head of the indigenous organization Venusine. The photo was taken on another occasion.

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– This government must learn to listen to the demands of the people. He says there is a complete lack of people’s social policy.

Among the protesters there are not only indigenous peoples, but also peasants, workers and dark-skinned people. Santos Villamar says it’s all people.

– We have a lot of experience in replacing the president. When the government does not listen to the demands of the population, crises arise between the dead and the wounded. The way out is for the president to resign.

A large security force was deployed in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito.

A large security force was deployed in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito.

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You must start a conversation

On Monday, the National Assembly passed a resolution asking the government to start a “serious, clear and honest dialogue” with the help of mediators from the United Nations, the Red Cross, universities and the Catholic Church.

Indigenous leader Leonidas Iza is at the forefront with ten demands he demands the government implement in Ecuador.

Indigenous leader Leonidas Iza is at the forefront with ten demands he demands the government implement in Ecuador. “This match we will definitely fight together until we achieve the result we want,” said indigenous leader Leonidas Isa in a video to his Twitter followers.

Photo: Christina Vega Rohr/AFP

So said the leader of the Aboriginal and Kunai movement, Leonidas Isa They have demands that must be met before the government meets for dialogue.

Among other things, the armed forces must be removed from certain places in the capital and the state of emergency lifted. Eza was arrested last week before being released.

For his part, the country’s Defense Minister, Luis Lara, said that the country’s democracy was seriously threatened, and that the armed forces would not allow attempts to breach the “constitutional order”.

The indigenous movement in Ecuador is demanding social change and for the government to start seeing the people.  Two people were killed during the ten-day demonstrations.

The indigenous movement in Ecuador is demanding social change and for the government to start seeing the people. Two people were killed during the ten-day demonstrations.

Photo: RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP

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