The interior minister confirms the release of 31 journalists
MADRID, 11 Oct. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) delivered on Thursday to the United Nations staff ten police officers who were held in Quito to demand the end of police repression of protests that began a week ago against the economic reform announced by the president of the country, Lenín Moreno.
The delivery of police has been carried out in Simón Bolívar Square around 19.30 (local time), after almost 10 hours after being held, as reported by the newspaper 'El Comercio'.
“We thank CONAIE for the peaceful delivery of the police. We consider this as a gesture of goodwill that contributes to creating conditions of greater confidence to prevent violence and seek concerted ways out of this situation,” said the UN through its account on the social network Twitter.
The leader of CONAIE, Jaime Vargas, said that the retention of the police was due to “infringing the space where we were, but the police officers will be returned as they left the house, not as the Police and Armed Forces with our young people who took them healthy and returned them injured or dead. ”
Likewise, Vargas demanded that the Ecuadorian authorities deliver the indigenous people killed in the protests. According to the Ombudsman's Office, at least five people have died in this week of protests, although the Government has not confirmed this balance of victims.
“It hurts us and breaks our hearts. We have come only for one purpose, to fight for a right, against the neoliberal government handed over to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The only culprit is Lenin Moreno.”
In addition to the police, about 31 journalists have also been detained and Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo has confirmed that they have been released. One of them, Freddy Paredes, of the Teleamazonas chain team, has been attacked while he was outside the Casa de la Cultura, where they were being held.
The indigenous leaders present at an event in the House of Culture of the capital, have affirmed that there are 40 soldiers held in Saquisili.
Romo has expressed his solidarity with Paredes. “I want to take the opportunity to show solidarity with Freddy Paredes, the journalist who was attacked today and call for prudence and be careful with the information,” he said at a press conference.
“You know that a few months ago we formed this Committee together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to protect journalists and communicators from the risks and threats that may occur during their work and today we are going through one of those crises,” he added.
The Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has warned that more than 80 journalists have been attacked or their equipment destroyed by both “state agents and protesters in Ecuador.”
“We call on state agents and protesters to guarantee and respect the work of the press they are reporting in protests,” the rapporteur said in his Twitter account.
THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE COMPLAINTS THE “USURPATION OF UNIFORMS”
The Armed Forces of Ecuador have denounced the “usurpation of a uniform” during a meeting of leaders of the demonstrations, coming from different provinces of the country. ”
“In the midst of this concentration appears – providing statements to the crowd – an individual with a military uniform who does not belong to the Armed Forces. Given this, we emphatically reject that this citizen represents and speaks on behalf of those who make up this institution,” he says. the Ministry of Defense in a statement.
The text indicates that the individual in question “encourages the alteration of public order and the uprising of the population irresponsibly, an aspect that is punishable by law as with the morality that governs the actions of personnel who truly belong to the Forces Armed, reason why the institution has initiated the actions for its identification and apprehension “.
Likewise, the document reminds the population that the “improper use of the military uniform” is typified as a crime and calls for the identification of those who use it badly so that “the full weight of the law falls on those who generate this type of incidents. ”
The origin of the protests is the economic reform announced by Moreno on October 1 as a result of the agreement reached with the International Monetary Fund to achieve an injection of 4.2 billion dollars for the country.
The riots broke out two days later with clashes between police and military and looting, which led Moreno to declare the state of emergency, which initially had to be in force 60 days but the Constitutional Court reduced it to 30.
Moreno has offered a dialogue clarifying that he will not recover the fuel subsidy, the most controversial measure popularly known as “package”, although protesters require as a requirement to sit at the negotiating table that the Government recover public aid to gasoline and diesel.