The government of Ecuador and the indigenous movements will install this Thursday, in Quito, the first meeting of the technical table to determine the work methodology in the dialogues after the agreement reached last week that put an end to the anti-government protests due to the cost of living.
The table will be installed at the headquarters of the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference (CEE) and it will determine the roadmap for the talks during the 90 days established in the agreement.
The meeting is expected to start at 09:00 local time (14:00 GMT).
“We trust that this process of dialogue, discernment and decision-making will help us build together an Ecuador of fraternity, justice, equity”has indicated the General Secretariat of the EEC.
Put into practice
One day after June 30, when the “Act for Peace” that allowed to end 18 consecutive days of mobilizations, the Executive of the president William Lasso began to implement what was agreed.
Last Friday, the two central points of the agreement were finalized, which are the reduction in the price 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 with repealing decree 95 that promoted oil activity, one of the main demands of the indigenous movement.
On another of the neuralgic demands of indigenous people and peasants related to the repeal of decree 151 on mining, it was 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 people natives.
poverty and inequality
In the next three months, delegates from the government and from the indigenous and peasant movements will also deal with the rest of the points of the list of ten demands, such as the cancellation of overdue debts for peasant families of up to US$10,000.
“In the next 90 days, the technical roundtables will be held where we will look for the mechanisms to comply with the pending issues”noted on Twitter the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie)the main convener of the demonstrations.
Last Monday, the president of Conaie, Leonidas Isapointed out that the protests were not only about the fuel issue, since “One of the determining factors in any mobilization is poverty and inequality”.
After pointing out that there “a very important advance in some issues” raised, explained that on Thursday the dialogue tables with the government will be installed to continue dealing with the issues, some of them “more complex” than others and that must include other actors, both public and private.
Likewise, Iza commented that they are clear that in the next 90 days that the dialogue tables will work, the structural problems of society will not be resolved, but “something can be relieved”.
In the protests, which began on June 13 and lasted 18 days, six people died and around 500 were injured, including protesters and security forces.