The Government faces the return of protests
It is aresource that is reborn. The unrest of various social sectors returns to thestreets in the absence of a government response. For the leaders of the claims,the call to dialogue presented by President Lenin Moreno remained in words.
The tonic of protests, marches and even taking of institutions looks new because, during the government of former President Rafael Correa, it fell into disuse. Not because of conformity but because the state response was countermarches that little by little silenced most social groups.
Rice farmers, dairymen, transporters, indigenous people, workers and even politicians lead the complaints of recent months. Almost all of them question the economic model -or the lack of it- in the current administration. From day one of the new Government, they say, mistakes and improvisations that affect Ecuadorians were reflected.
Last week, for example, there were claims from the dairy sector. Their representatives took roads in the province of Cotopaxi to demand that the price of a liter of milk be raised. They also asked for programs that boost the consumption of this product.
With the claims, results were obtained. The Government signed agreements to promote the consumption of milk, legalize the sale of the liter to 42 cents, deliver credits at low cost and with two years of grace and promote the creation of community businesses.
The environmentalists also had more results on the streets. Collectives that take care of the rights of nature and monitor the exploitation of oil in the Yasuní managed to meet with the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Carlos Pérez, after peacefully taking public facilities.
In Guayas, Imbabura and Carchi there were protests by the transporters to reject the installation of speed control radars and to oppose the reforms to the Traffic Law that is dealt with in the National Assembly.
At the same time, the indigenous sector mobilized for eleven days against mining. They marched from Tundayme to Quito to deliver to the Assembly the draft Organic Law that prohibits metal mining throughout the country.
Universities, politicians and other social sectors also rose with marches throughout the country.
“The current situation is the result of the type of conduct of the Government itself. In his dialogues he was more receptive with some than with others. He was more receptive, for example, to business groups and not to social movements, “political analyst Mario Unda said.
In his eyes, the fruits of dialogue with the popular sectors are very scarce.
The university professor Nathalie Sierra also believes that the results of thenational dialogue are scarce. In the end there are no results and this leads topeople expressing themselves in the streets.
“I have the impression that dialogue is not being taken seriously. At least in what is the economic policy. Economic policy cannot be imposed on the opinions of society, “said Sierra.
Those consulted agree, however, that there are slight advances in political matters, but these fall short. While they understand that it is not possible to please all sectors, they point out that there are more approaches with political parties than with social movements.
Theorganizations grouped in the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities ofEcuador (Conaie) reject the extractive policy in the areas of mining and hydrocarbons. They ask that the country not continue with the projects.
Thefarmers demanded more attention from the Government and that a fair price bepaid for the taking of rice. They asked the president Lenin Moreno that the UNAEP acquires the grass throughout the year, due to the complications that theproducers are having.
Theproducers protested and asked for control of the use of whey as a milksubstitute by the companies they use to increase the amount of milk and milkproducts. They demand policies that guarantee their subsistence. (I)