Posted On 04 Apr 2017
Hundreds of people remain outside the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Quito. Women, men, private employees, students, activists and senior citizens protest against the alleged fraud in Sunday’s election.
Most are sympathizers of Guillermo Lasso and Andrés Páez, of the CREO-SUMA coalition. They began their peaceful demonstration on Sunday night after the official results were released. They say they are defending their votes.
An entrepreneur from Carcelén, in northern Quito, came with about 30 workers. He went to support the protest but chose not to reveal his name. “I’m afraid,” he told the media. On Sunday he was outside the CNE until 23:00.
Yesterday he arrived around 11:00. He was directing his group to play rectangular pieces of metal with sticks.
The entrepreneur, dedicated to elaborate balanced food for children, came to demand “respect to the vote expressed in the polls.”
In another sector, sitting with her back against the police fences, Fanny Campos, former coordinator of Pachakutik and current delegate of Compromiso Ecuador, looked tired. He had spent all night in vigil, she said.
Campos wore mourning clothes and long earrings with rainbow colors. “We have been vigilant to demand respect for the decision made by the Ecuadorians at the polls,” she stated.