Moreno proposes to create a commission to modify the decree that includes the elimination of the fuel subsidy

Indigenous people refuse to amend the document and demand its total repeal


The president of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, raised this Sunday to the beginning of the dialogue with the indigenous people the possibility of creating a commission to modify the decree that contemplates the elimination of fuel subsidies.

The leader, who has proposed a “new decree, perfected, to channel resources to those who need it most,” has announced that his intention is the creation of a new decree that replaces 883.

Moreno proposes to create a commission to modify the decree that includes the elimination of the fuel subsidy
Moreno proposes to create a commission to modify the decree that includes the elimination of the fuel subsidy

For this, Moreno has stressed the importance of creating commissions, as reported by the television network Ecuavisa. “I am a man of principle. If the gasoline subsidy is being destined for people who traffic, enrich themselves, I am opposed to that happening. It has never been the intention to affect the most unprotected sectors,” explained the leader.

He has also reiterated that he will not talk “with the correists, who stole the country and bastardized you.” “They wanted to steal the social organizations that I gave them back,” he said, addressing the indigenous people.

The Comptroller General of Ecuador, Pablo Celi, who also chair the Transparency Function, has applauded the dialogue space as the legitimate mechanism to resolve the conflict and highlighted President Moreno's proposal to initiate a process to create a new decree. In addition, it has requested the parties to reach an agreement to resolve the conflict.

Finance Minister Richard Martinez has warned that subsidies “end up benefiting smugglers and the richest” and has said the decision “seeks to redirect the country.” “We cannot continue doing things at the point of debt,” he said.

For his part, the president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), Jaime Vargas, has stressed that they have not “come for commissions” and has indicated that the “request of the country is the repeal of decree 883”, which responds the so-called 'package', the adjustment plan demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the main reason for the protests that have hit Ecuador for more than a week.

“Here we do not come to form commissions. The request of the country is the repeal of decree 883. If this moment is decided, the country calms down in all the territories of the country,” said Vargas, who maintains that the request is everything ” the Ecuadorian people. ”

In this sense, Vargas has charged against the Government and has branded Moreno's ministers to be “bums who do nothing for the country.” Thus, he has requested the immediate departure of the Minister of the Interior, María Paula Romo, and the Minister of Defense, Oswaldo Jarrín.

The president of the Council of Indigenous Peoples and Evangelical Organizations of Ecuador (FEINE), Eustaquio Toala, also present at the dialogue table, has taken the opportunity to call for peace and insist on the repeal of the decree.

Abelardo Granda, of the National Confederation of Peasant, Indigenous and Black Organizations (FENOCIN), has reiterated the position of the indigenous sector and has demanded that the Government repeal decrees 883 – elimination of subsidies – and 884 – state of exception – and release detainees during protests.

For Arnaud Peral, of the UN representation in Ecuador, the talks are in itself “a victory.” Peral has asked for confirmation of the creation of commissions to review the decree and has requested a period of 48 hours to “settle the counter proposal and achieve peace.”

However, Toala, who has argued that “everyone asks for the repeal of the decree”, is therefore not necessary 48 hours to address the issue. “We already had 12 days of stoppages,” he said.

Toala's words have been added by the indigenous leader Leonidas Iza, who has reiterated the need for peace and asked not to be related to correism. “(Rafael) Correa cannot mobilize so many people,” he said.

In this regard, the Sarayaku leader Miriam Cisneros, who requested the repeal, has also spoken. “I ask you to please listen to us. (…) We have dried the tears of being crying for our children who have lost their lives in the streets,” he said just before a 15-minute break was announced, According to information from the local newspaper 'El Comercio'.

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