[ecuador] March on Quito
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Ecuador: Indigenas and farmers with surpring strength and tactic
by Marlon Carrion C.
Agencia Informativa Pulsar
Informacio'n para America Latina via Internet
Quito, Ecuador - Thousands of police y military forces posted at all the
entrances to the city of Quito, capital of Ecuador. They are confused at the
arrival of 10.000 protesting indigenas to the City.
$E3The indigenas came down from the mountains and took Quito by surprise$E4,
said a chief in uniform surveying the city and asked to remain unidentified.
What happened is that part of the indigenas provided a distraction of the
military while most of their fellows were passing through mountain paths to
make it to Quito which is at 2810 m above sea level.
The indigena leaders y farmers said they were not in a hurry to make it to
Quito and reaffirmed that another 40.000 are going to make it. They said that
this effort of the poorest in the country won$E2t be stopped and will not allow
another deceit by the government. They will only leave Quito once president
Jamil Mahuad resigns and the congress and court of justice is dissolved.
In July 1999 thousands of indigenas had also marched down on Quito
demanding Mahuad to change his economical policies and demanding more
resources for the indigenas. The president compromised to implement
changes which he never did, instead he worsened the economical crisis.
The Coordination of Social Movements informed that the Confederacio'n
Unica Nacional de Afiliados al Seguro Social Campesino, Coordinadora
Nacional Campesina (both farmers unions), students and universities have
joined the uprising.
It also said that that the provinces in the South, the Centre and the North of
the country are nearly paralysed, same for the coast region and the
ecuadorian Amazonas which are progressively paralysed by the oil industry
OEWe have defeated the repression of Mahuad y will soon announce his
resignation and the whole of his corrupt government$E2 said the indigenas. They
called upon the progressive military, the small business and the people in
general to join the protest.
Silverio Cocha, president of the indigena movement in Chimborazo, central
Ecuador said that the military won$E2t be able to stop people that had enough
of suffering hunger, deceit, repression. Silverio Cocha was being searched to
be imprisoned in his province, he is now in the streets of Quito. In order to
make it he had to walk around to Iliniza mountain which about 5260 m high.
In the meantime hundreds of demonstrators in Ecuadors large cities have
been arrested and beaten up by the police. In Guayaquil, economical capital
of the country, thousands of unemployed and ambulant sellers took to the
streets in support of the indigenas uprising. In Cuenca and Loja the
repression was dramatic in violence.
In Portoviejo, home of the UPOCAM, one the countries largest farmers union,
the unionists joined the urban population protesting and fought the police
back who left abundant quantities of tear gas behind. The military came in
and the clashes went on until late into the night of Tuesday.
The request of some business leaders to exterminate the indigena uprising
was not executed. This in part thanks to the international support for this not
to happen. The Peoples Parliament of Ecuador asked human rights
organisations and peoples organisations world wide to stay in alert because
the protests will not end. (Ec/QR/Po-Pi/Cs-Pp/mc)