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The 90 days begin in Ecuador to comply with the agreement that ended the protests

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The government of Ecuador has a period of 90 days from this Friday to comply with the agreement reached with the indigenous movement that put an end to the anti-government protests due to the cost of living and to attend to the rest of the list of demands that were pending.

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Only one day after the “act for peace” which allowed to end eighteen consecutive days of mobilizations, the Executive of President Guillermo Lasso has begun to put into practice what was agreed upon.

Lasso’s first actions have been to specify this Friday the two central points of the agreement, which are the reduction of subsidized fuels and the repeal of the decree that promoted oil activity.

Thus, the conservative president of Ecuador reduced the frozen price of 85-octane gasoline and diesel by 15 cents, so that now they will cost US$2.40 and US$1.75, respectively, per gallon (3.78 liters).

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The indigenous and peasant organizations that promoted the protests finally accepted this reduction despite the fact that their demand was from the beginning that they be lowered to US$2.10 and US$1.50, respectively, prices that these fuels had a year ago.

Lasso also complied this Friday with repealing decree 95 that promoted oil activity, one of the main demands of the indigenous movement.

Another of the neuralgic demands of indigenous people and peasants was the repeal of decree 151 on mining, but they accepted that the Government commit to reform it so that there are no more mining concessions in natural reserves, indigenous territories, archaeological zones and ancestral territories of indigenous people.

Thus, the lifting of the new state of emergency decreed on Wednesday by the Government in the Andean provinces of Imbabura and Azuay and in the Amazonian provinces of Orellana and Sucumbíos is missing due to the concentration there of several altercations in recent days and suffering shortages of essential products.

During the next three months, a table must also be set up between the Government and the indigenous and peasant movement to deal with the rest of the points in the demand document, such as the cancellation of overdue debts of up to US$10,000 for peasant families.

Likewise, other demands that motivated the protests were free admission to universities and the non-privatization of state companies.

The protests began on Monday June 13 and lasted for eighteen days in which six people died, including a soldier, and around 500 were injured among protesters and security forces.

Source: Gestion

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