Vigil to Preserve Yasuní-ITT

In an attempt to reverse Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's unilateral decision to scrap Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's unilateral decision to scrap the revolutionary Yasuní-ITT initiative, indigenous leaders, civil rights lawyers, and environmentalists gathered on Thursday to present the Constitutional Court with a proposed referendum question. It reads, "Do you believe that the Ecuadorean government should keep the crude in the ITT, known as block 43, underground indefinitely?"

The next step is for supporters of the initiative to gather the signatures of five percent of Ecuadorians – nearly 600,000 people – in order to bring the question to a popular vote. Recent polls show that the vast majority of Ecuadorians – between 80 and 90 percent – want to preserve Yasuní-ITT, and many of them held a vigil that evening in front of the Presidential Palace to show their support for the plan.

  • CONAIE President Humberto Cholango speaks with press outside Ecuador's Constitutional Court
  • Dr. Julio Trujillo, renowned civil rights lawyer and professor, submits a formal petition for referendum on drilling of the ITT reserves beneath Yasuni National Park
  • Assembly representative Lourdes Tiban, with CONAIE leaders Humberto Cholango and Manari Ushigua
  • Massive police presence at the vigil for Yasuní
  • Supporters of Yasuni outside Ecuador's presidential palace.  Pro-drilling government supporters held a counter protest.
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  • Supporters in favor of keeping the ITT oil fields beneath Yasuni National Park permanently in the ground protest outside Ecuador's presidential palace.
  • Live Yasuni!
  • Police surround Ecuadorians protesting Pres. Correa's approval of drilling the ITT oil fields beneath Yasuni National Park
  • Dr. Trujillo with the submission for a national referendum on drilling of the ITT oil fields in Yasuni National Park.
  • Dr. Trujillo consults with Accion Ecologica President Esperanza Martinez
  • Dr. Julio Trujillo, renown civil rights lawyer and professor, submits a formal petition for referendum on drilling of the ITT reserves beneath Yasuni National Park

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