The government of Ecuador and the indigenous movements will meet next Thursday, in Quito, to define the roadmap for the dialogues, after the agreement reached last week, which put an end to the anti-government protests due to the cost of living.
This was confirmed by the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference (CEE) in a statement, in which it pointed out that at Thursday’s meeting the working methodology will be determined, the issues to be discussed will be established and a roadmap will be defined with the steps to follow during the 90 days established in the agreement.
The meeting will be held at the headquarters of the CEE, on July 7, at 09:00 local time (14:00 GMT), the Conference specifies in the letter.
“We trust that this process of dialogue, discernment and decision-making will help us build together an Ecuador of fraternity, justice, equity”, concludes the statement signed by the General Secretariat of the EEC.
One day after June 30, when the “act for peace” that allowed to end 18 consecutive days of mobilizations, the Executive of President Guillermo Lasso began to put into practice what was agreed.
Lasso’s first actions last Friday were to specify 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 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).
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 on 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.
Three months of talks
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, another of the demands that motivated the protests was the non-privatization of state companies.
In the protests that began on Monday, June 13, six people died and around 500 were injured, including protesters and security forces.
The demonstrations were characterized by the blocking of highways and roadblocks, but there were also violent acts such as the burning of police units and the attack on two military convoys that guarded the transport of fuel in the Amazon and opened the way for facilitate the supply of products to the Ecuadorian capital.