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They shoot at the vehicle that was transporting the indigenous leader Leonidas Iza, in the midst of the state of emergency in Ecuador


Iza was unharmed and described the attack as an “attack”.

The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) reported this Saturday that the vehicle who was transporting the indigenous leader Leonidas Iza received what appears to be a bullet wound.

Conaie confirmed on social networks that Iza was not injured. “We warn of this within the framework of the state of emergency and the belligerent attitude of the Government”.

The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, decreed this Friday a state of emergency in the provinces of Pichincha, Cotopaxi and Imbabura. The measure, which came into force at midnight on June 17, is taken after the Confederation called for a national strike.

This Saturday I suffered an attack, but this fight We are going to defend collectively until we achieve results. Thanks to all the shows of solidarity.

During the five days of the national strike, the main activity of the protesters has been the blocking of roads in about twenty provinces of the country.

In Quito, but also in other cities, in addition to road closures, marches and rallies have been held, mainly in the center of the city, where the mayor’s office and the National Executive are located.

During these protests, which have been led by students, trade unionists and other social groups, there have been riots and clashes between the demonstrators and the security forces.

Detention at stop

Starting the second day of the strike, Iza was detained while he was in the Lasso sector, near Pastocalle, in Cotopaxi, in the center of the country. The indigenous leader was accused of paralyzing a public service, a crime that the Ecuadorian Penal Code punishes with prison sentences of 1 to 3 years. This heated up the spirits and from the Conaie, which described the arrest as “illegal and arbitrary”, they called to “radicalize” the protest.

24 hours after the arrest, Iza was left in parole. A judge imposed precautionary measures on him, consisting of the prohibition to leave the country and the obligation to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesdays and Fridays during working hours.

“I have regained my freedom under due process. I have not escaped,” said Iza after being released; and, he sent a direct message to President Lasso: “It is absolutely clear that there is political pressure directed by you” .

After that hearing in which they granted her freedom, there was another on the same Wednesday, on a ‘habeas corpus’ requested by Iza’s defense, but the appeal was denied.

In a speech, Iza ratified the indefinite nature of the national strike. “As long as the problems are not resolved, we will continue to sustain this fight ,” he said.


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