The reopening of the binational bridge over the Mataje River, return of air frequencies, credits, debt forgiveness and economic reactivation. Those are the requests of the Esmeraldas Productive Front.
A letter with these requests will be sent to President Guillermo Lasso and ministers, announced Patricio Garcés, president of this guild. In addition, the Front asks that the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) and the Government hold the dialogue tables for an exit to the protests, which have lasted almost two weeks.
Government allows the indigenous movement to enter the House of Culture
“The productive and tourism sectors have been affected since 2019, by the national strike in October, the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and again the protests of various social sectors,” said Aracely Méndez, from the Women’s Front.
For its part, the hotel sector in the green province is still experiencing economic losses due to the low influx of visitors. Operators were waiting in advance for reservations for school vacations from the Sierra and tourists from Colombia, said Jorge Benítez, from the Esmeraldas Chamber of Tourism.
On its side, interprovincial passenger transportation and other modalities await a government response from the dialogues they have been holding for a year, said Giomar Gruezo, from the Union of Passenger Transport Cooperatives, and Kléver Andrade, from the Transportation Front of emeralds.
“The temporary blockades on the Esmeraldas-San Lorenzo-Ibarra and Esmeraldas-Santo Domingo-Noroccidente de Pichincha highways reduce the mobility of passengers and parcels,” Andrade commented.
Accepting a truce is proposed by the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference and civil society organizations to the Government and Conaie
The entry of food to supply the supermarket chains of Quinindé, Esmeraldas, Atacames, Borbón and San Lorenzo is also complicated, as reported.
ECU911 required four blockades: in Lita and Alto Tambo, on the San Lorenzo-Ibarra highway; in the Y de Borbón, in the Esmeraldas-Riverde-Eloy Alfaro; and at the Chaflú site, on the E20 Esmeraldas-Quinindé, until noon this Thursday. (YO)