Posted On 07 Apr 2017
Street protests tone up. Quito and Guayaquil keep alive the claims against the National Electoral Council (CNE). Dozens of citizens support the recount of votes requested by the CREO party.
In the capital, small groups have fostered the burning of tires, especially at night, and the closing of roads. Others have remained in a vigil for six days outside the CNE. Most of them did not participate, for example, in blocking access to Quito at the Guayasamín tunnel. Tires, sticks, and stones served for that action driven by people who covered their faces.
They shouted slogans demanding transparency in the election results. On Sunday, candidate Guillermo Lasso reported alleged anomalies in the process. Juan Pablo Pozo, director of the CNE, denied this possibility.
And yesterday, CREO supporters chose to detach themselves from the violent acts. CREO leader Cesar Monge said on Twitter that the mobilization should always be firm, but peaceful. Legislator Diego Salgado wrote: “We reject violence. This does not come from us.”
Yesterday those living in Tumbaco, Cumbayá or Pifo could only enter Quito after 07:30. In the takeover of the tunnel, there was no friction or confrontation. Before the protest, in which citizens from Esmeraldas, Manabí, Imbabura and the Amazon participated, the police made three warnings.