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Ecuador’s defense minister warns that democracy in the country is “seriously at risk”.

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Ecuador’s defense minister, retired General Luis Lara, held a press conference with the military high command on Monday, during which he warned that the protests and the national strike called by the Indigenous Confederation are “seriously endangering” democracy in the country “ be Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE).

“Ecuador’s democracy is seriously threatened by the concerted action of agitated people who prevent the free movement of the majority of Ecuadorians, and by the actions of violent groups whose sole aim is to create panic by attacking and blackmailing companies, institutions and authorities. ‘ denounced the minister.

Although Lara has not directly referred to CONAIE, she has expressed outrage at the “manipulation” of social protest and the increase in acts of violence by those who have refused to go down the path of dialogue with the government to secure their Negotiate to enforce guidelines, according to the Ecuadorian newspaper “Expreso”.

This context is also fueled, according to Lara, by an “even more serious” event like the “brutal criminal attack that the country has suffered from drug traffickers and organized crime”. The defense minister sees these protests as a “deliberate attempt” to “attack democracy and threaten institutions” with armed force.

Finally, the head of the Ecuadorian army has alluded to the social protests registered in the country in 2019, when the population took to the streets in defiance of a series of economic measures announced by the government of then President Lenín Moreno.

The minister pointed out that in successive social protests that lead to confrontations, it cannot be said that there are violent intruders, but that the tensions arise “with the consent” of those responsible for organizing the protest actions.

“When every social protest is infiltrated by people who destroy public and private property, cause injuries, set police cars on fire, attack journalists, extort money from companies and citizens, it is obvious that they are acting with the consent of those organizing the mobilizations.” Lara has settled down. .

CONAIE called a nationwide strike more than a week ago, which has sparked violence in some parts of the country, most notably in the capital Quito on Monday. As a result of the strike, around 80 stretches of road were blocked by the protests and more than 60 police officers were injured, according to the Interior Ministry.

The President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, on Monday declared a new 30-day state of emergency for the provinces of Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Cotopaxi, Pichincha, Pastaza and Imbabura, where “the majority of violent crimes threatening physical integrity are concentrated. people,” said a statement from the Ecuadorian presidency.

Source europapress.es

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