Thousands of Indigenous head towards Quito

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Indigenous organizations say that their mobilization will seize Ecuador’s capital.

Ecuador’s indigenous and union organizations kept protests going on Saturday and promised not to let-up in their push to overturn President Lenin Moreno’s austerity measures.

“The Indigenous movement is mobilizing indefinitely in the whole country,” the president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), Jaime Vargas, said.

After blocking roads in rejection of the end of fuel subsidies, some private transport unions called off their strike on Friday night. Nevertheless, other heavy transport and taxi unions announced that they would continue to support the nationwide strike.

“The struggle keeps on going because it keeps on going!! We will continue to occupy the Pan-American E35 highway and we will fight firmly until the Paquetazo falls,” said Leonidas Iza, the president of the Cotopaxi’s Indigenous and Farmers Movement. He announced that the strike is indefinite and mobilization against IMF and neoliberalism will take the capital city.

On Saturday morning, roads had been totally blocked in provinces with the highest percentage of the indigenous population, such as Cotopaxi, Imbabura, and Chimborazo. On the routes departing from Cuenca, Macas and Guaranda towards Riobamba, “authorities have been incapable of clearing roadblocks,” El Comercio reported.

“The Strike continues. Nizag – Alausi – Chimborazo.”

Sources: teleSUR, El Comercio, Reuters, EFE.

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