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Protests by 1,000s of Ecuadorians meet with brutal repression (David Hill/The Guardian: Andes to Amazon)

1 Septembre 2015 , Rédigé par POC

Police and military beat and tear-gas citizens demonstrating against government policies and reforms

Ecuador is currently in turmoil. Thousands of people are protesting proposed constitutional amendments, the expansion of the oil frontier, mining projects, changes to water and education policy, labour laws and pensions, a proposed “Free Trade Agreement” (FTA) with the European Union (EU), and increasing repression of freedom of speech, among other things. The government’s response? To send the police and military with batons and tear-gas to beat citizens, make arbitrary arrests, raid homes and even – some people believe – to take advantage of volcanic eruptions by declaring a nationwide “State of Exception”.

The protests have taken different forms. Indigenous people marched for 10 days from the Zamora Chinchipe province in the Amazon to Quito, 1,000s and 1,000s of people gathered in the capital last week, and another march involving approximately 2,000 people was held there on Monday. In addition, a series of demonstrations and road-blocks have sprung up elsewhere in the country.


Some people are deeply skeptical of the government’s move to declare a national “State of Exception” in response to eruptions at Cotopaxi, a volcano approximately 45kms from Quito, which puts all the country’s armed forces and police at two ministries’ disposal and permits the suspension of “constitutional rights to the inviolability of home, to movement, to assembly and to correspondence” in case of possible emergency. There have been some eruptions and ash blown onto the capital, but does the “State of Exception” need to be nationwide? And why does it ban Ecuadorian media and social media from reporting on the volcano unless using “official” government sources? Lima told the Guardian “It [the volcano] really doesn’t affect us in any way”, and Gualinga says “it isn’t going to affect the whole country” and believes the government is “manipulating the issue to generate repression.”


Lisez la suite de l'article sur le site du Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2015/aug/19/protests-ecuadorians-brutal-repression

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Le volcan Cotopaxi. Source: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotopaxi

Le volcan Cotopaxi. Source: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotopaxi

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