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Technical dialogue table between the government of Ecuador and indigenous people was installed this Thursday

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The government of Ecuador and the indigenous movements began this Thursday the first meeting of the technical table to determine the work methodology in the dialogues after the agreement reached last week, which put an end to the anti-government protests due to the cost of living.

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The appointment, which takes place in a reserved manner, takes place in the facilities of the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference, in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

In its Twitter account, the Ministry of Government indicated that its head, Francisco Jiménez, “leads the first technical table with the indigenous movement. The meeting will establish the working methodology for these conferences”.

The message is accompanied by three photographs showing government delegates, indigenous people and representatives of the Catholic Church.

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The government minister will offer a press conference this afternoon to report on the first day of the technical roundtables.

The agreement that put an end to the 18 days of mobilizations contemplates the treatment, for 90 days, of the ten topics of the list of demands of the indigenous and peasants.

On July 1, one day after June 30, when the “Act for Peace” was signed, the Executive of President Guillermo Lasso began to put the agreement into practice.

Last Friday, the two central points of the agreement were finalized, which are the reduction of subsidized fuels and the repeal of the decree that promoted oil activity.

Thus, the 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).

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.

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 protests, which began on June 13 and lasted 18 days, six people died and around 500 were injured, including protesters and security forces.

Source: Gestion

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