RIGHTS OF CITIZENS OF ECUADOR ARE VIOLATED DESPOTISM IN ECUADOR BY THE PRESIDENT UPON DECREEING A STATE OF EMERGENCY, ADDING TO THE STATE OF INTERNAL COMMOTION

CONAIE

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The internal disruption of the government that we are being forced to endure has shaken the tranquility, the justice, and the stability of our homes daily. Under the use of force, more than two million have had to flee to different countries for the survival of their children and our elders.

In addition, those who have administered the institutions of the State have been the representatives of the groups of economic power, and are exactly those responsible for this crisis. They accuse the State of inefficiencies and call for the privatization of services and rights that the State is constitutionally obliged to answer for.

The most absurd aspect of this is that these greedy and wealthy sectors need, time and again, for the State to "save their businesses, squandering, and theft". There has been immunity and impunity in this state of internal commotion.

But now the government and the President of the Republic have decreed a State of Emergency and, with the exception of human rights and civil guarantees, will "legally" increase the levels of repression and violence, which they have been exercising against the Indigenous Nationalities for the last two weeks.

Since they never had an interest in dialogue, it is be worthwhile to examine their behavior in these two weeks: 10 injured by shooting, 40 injured by bombing, many bruised, more than 300 detained. Due to the high level of national and international pressure, as seen in the hundreds of opinions from the press, non-governmental institutions, various religious sectors, and multilateral agencies, the government has pretended to have an interest in meeting and having a dialogue.

CAUTION WITH THE "AUTHORITY AND MORALITY" OF STATE The Government of the President Noboa, through the State of Emergency and statements of his officials, excuses the LEVELS OF VIOLENCE EXERCISED. What principles and human values are we to find in individuals who justify, with the notorious Morality of State, the violation of personal rights and the nation as a whole?

URGENT CALL

We call all people, national and international institutions, and Human Rights agencies, to intervene URGENTLY in the serious situation that exists in Ecuador. We invite you to assume the responsibility of avoiding MASSACRES, INCARCERATION and TORTURE against the Indigenous Nationalities and the leaders of their organizations, and to demand that the Government of Ecuador enter into a responsible dialogue with the various Indigenous Nationalities and sectors of the country, so that we may together leave this crisis from which the groups of economic and political power have led us into.

TO THE ARMED FORCES

We appeal to the Armed Forces to abstain from executing any order that violates the life and integrity of the very persons that the CONSTITUTION protects. Consider that on the side of the indigenous people and of the majority of the poor are your children, brothers and families. Now, ask yourself, who is on the other side?

DIGNITY GROWS WITH THE HUNGER STRIKE

In the face of the violent attitude of the Government, 50 comrades of the 13 thousand comrades that are in the Polytechnic University of Salesiana, have decided to start a HUNGER STRIKE in an attempt to give rise to dignity and humanity. These comrades will be encouraged by the presence of 350 children, who, as symbols of new life, will be together with their mothers and fathers at this University and along the paralyzed highways in the 12 provinces of the country.

A FORUM FOR THE DIALOGUE

Confronting despotism, the Nationalities and rural and native organizations invoke the different sectors of the country to take part in a dialogue, so that in the midst of this darkness, we will continue to collectively build the light of hope of an Ecuador for all of our dreams.

BECAUSE WE ARE SINCERE

WE ARE A SINGLE THOUGHT A SINGLE HEART AND A SINGLE FIST

CONAIE

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