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Ecuador: Government and indigenous groups reach agreement to end protests02:32

Ecuador: Government and indigenous groups reach agreement to end protests

Ecuador, Quito
October 14, 2019 at 10:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Ecuadorian government and the indigenous movement agreed to repeal the Executive Decree 883 that eliminates the fuel subsidy on Sunday in Quito.

As a result, the indigenous groups announced that they will end the anti-government protests around the country, after 11 days of demonstrations against the so-called ‘paquetazo’.

Jaime Vargas, President of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) recognised the “the courage of the men and women who took to our streets” and used “the only way to look for important ways for a true development of the country.”

For his part, President Lenin Moreno stated that the agreement "has undoubtedly meant sacrifices on each side. Because that is precisely an agreement, each part [has] to give ground. An agreement does not mean winning everything. An agreement means giving in."

The Ecuadorian Ombudsman's Office reported that between October 3 and 13 there were seven deaths in the protests, while the number of wounded rose to 1,340 and the number of detainees to 1,152, according to this public body. The representatives of CONAIE, for their part, report 10 murdered and more than 2,000 wounded.

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The Ecuadorian government and the indigenous movement agreed to repeal the Executive Decree 883 that eliminates the fuel subsidy on Sunday in Quito.

As a result, the indigenous groups announced that they will end the anti-government protests around the country, after 11 days of demonstrations against the so-called ‘paquetazo’.

Jaime Vargas, President of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) recognised the “the courage of the men and women who took to our streets” and used “the only way to look for important ways for a true development of the country.”

For his part, President Lenin Moreno stated that the agreement "has undoubtedly meant sacrifices on each side. Because that is precisely an agreement, each part [has] to give ground. An agreement does not mean winning everything. An agreement means giving in."

The Ecuadorian Ombudsman's Office reported that between October 3 and 13 there were seven deaths in the protests, while the number of wounded rose to 1,340 and the number of detainees to 1,152, according to this public body. The representatives of CONAIE, for their part, report 10 murdered and more than 2,000 wounded.

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