On June 13, Ecuador’s Indigenous movement began a national strike over growing inequality, neoliberal economic policies, and the expansion of oil and mining activity on their territories. From the beginning, the protest was met with a violent crackdown from police and military, leaving at least five people dead and more than 160 seriously injured, as their rights continue to be violated and civil liberties restricted.
Now is the time to act in solidarity with Indigenous people across Ecuador who are defending their rights, territories, and cultures, and denounce Lasso’s tactics of repression!
To: President Lasso of Ecuador –
I urgently call on you to stop the violent repression and excessive use of force by the police and military against Indigenous peoples and civil society who have taken to the streets to denounce growing inequality, neoliberal economic measures, and expansion of oil and mining activity. I urge you to guarantee their right to protest and resistance as outlined in Ecuador’s constitution, and I call on you to create real and respectful conditions for a public dialogue and a peaceful solution to this crisis and its root causes.