A group of returned migrants living in the provinces of Tungurahua, Chimborazo, and Guayas were chained on the morning of Wednesday, August 9 in the Plaza Grande, in front of the Carondelet Palace in Quito. The sit-in was held to request an audience with President Lenin Moreno.
“We want him to listen to us and knows about the situation we live. We are jobless. Because of our age, they do not give us opportunities, and we are not creditworthy to start a business,” explained Kléver Díaz, who lived in the United States for four years.
Mercedes Zaruma returned to Ecuador three years ago, she lived for 20 years in Spain and said that she and her family are going through a critical situation. “Former President Rafael Correa painted us a colorful country, and we returned with the hope of working, but there are no opportunities.” Demonstrators said they would keep on a hunger strike until the president listens to them. (I)