The mayor of Quito, Santiago Guarderas, called for a new “cacerolazo” for peace this June 23 at 9:00 p.m.
“I call once again, all the inhabitants of Quito, to go out today at 9:00 p.m. in the streets and the windows of their homes with pots and whistles to show our democratic will for dialogue for peace”he said in a video posted tonight.
Then he congratulated the Ecuadorians who supported peace, democratic order and participated in mobilizations and caravans for peace. However, he acknowledged that the country and especially the capital are going through a difficult situation due to the demonstrations which have been going on for 11 consecutive days.
“We are going through difficult times, of anguish and frustration. There are social demands that must be heard, but violence and vandalism cannot be part of the right to protest”sentenced.
He reiterated that dialogue is the only democratic mechanism to achieve peace and national unity. “I put all my effort into it. We want to live and work in peace. This strike affects us all. United and firm, we must defend our capital.
He then pointed out that work creates work. “And if it’s destroyed, we’re putting our future at risk.”
Despite the difficult times and the roadblocks which make it difficult to provide municipal services, the Mayor assures that they are guaranteed.
“This Mayor’s Office, despite the harsh conditions to which Quito has been exposed by violent individuals who only seek chaos and destruction, has multiplied its efforts, resources and hours, including at night and early morning, to guaranteeing the provision of public services, collecting rubbish, cleaning and dislodging debris, making it possible to supply markets. In addition, maintain treatment and water supply”.