Conaie rejects brutalities by security forces

Photo: Pichincha Universal

“We are not here to negotiate behind the people’s backs.”

The president of the National Indigenous of Ecuador (CONAIE), Jaime Vargas, said as a community they reject the brutalities by the security forces in the past few days. “We demand the immediate release of the 350 arbitrarily detained for exercising the constitutional right to resistance,” Vargas said.

Besides, he said they will only talk with the government once they arrive in Quito.

“We have completely closed the dialogue with the government, there is no dialogue until we reach the capital … We are not here to negotiate behind the people’s backs. The people have risen and that is what we are going to respect,” he said.

Ecuadorean Indigenous organizations are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. They will join the national strike on Wednesday.

Sources: teleSUR, El Comercio, El Telégrafo.

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