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Medical personnel carry out a humanitarian cordon to protect and evacuate the wounded from Casa de la Cultura and El Arbolito.

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Medical personnel, paramedics and volunteers carried out a humanitarian cordon to transfer more than 90 injured people to the House of Ecuadorian Culture and El Arbolito Park.

The indigenous movements left the House of Ecuadorian Culture, where they installed a popular assembly to make their decisions on the development of the protests against the government.

It came after a long day of riots and clashes between protesters and police around El Arbolito Park, next to the House of Ecuadorian Culture.

The executive had allowed the natives to access the House of Culture to meet one of the conditions set by the president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), Leonidas Iza, to start a dialogue.

President Guillermo Lasso addressed the country on a national broadcast, on the 12th day of the national strike, to reiterate his openness to dialogue in favor of restoring peace in Ecuador.

However, the leader of Conaie, Leonidas Iza, did not intend to resolve an agenda. He also asked organizations that arrived in Quito to return to their communities. He warned that the police and the armed forces would resort to the progressive use of force “to defend themselves, within the legal framework”.

He commented that yesterday he had authorized Conaie to convene an assembly in the agora of the Maison de la Culture and that conversations had taken place with several delegates from Iza. “In principle, a consensus had been reached.”

Lasso continued that the indigenous leader had already gotten out of control in the current situation, due to the “violence perpetrated by undercover criminals”, and repeated that his warning was that it is irresponsible to call for a demonstration without dialogue and that scenarios like those of 2019 could be repeated in which groups of vandals have infiltrated.

“In defense of the citizens and institutions of the country, the national government will use all the resources that the law gives it to confront vandals and criminals. The national police and the armed forces will act with the necessary means to defend, within the legal framework, by the progressive use of force, public order and democracy. Lasso pointed out.

Well, to find peace, was the cry of hundreds of citizens who took to the streets to march peacefully with white clothes and flags.

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Source metroecuador.com

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