QUITO – A citizen’s group gathered on Tuesday at a commercial area in the north of the Ecuadorian capital and urged an end to protests in the country in order to let the activities affected by the demonstrations return to normal.
Some 400 people, many of them with their Ecuadorian tricolor flags, others wearing white or carrying bugles, rejected the indigenous protests that have affected regular activities in the city.
One of the participants condemned the fact that “people from outside want to take decisions for us,” referring to the indigenous movement that began on Monday in Quito and which has announced a massive rally for Wednesday.
March spokesperson Francisco Aguirre told EFE that they were gathered voluntarily as citizens, “to tell the country that we are tired of the violent protests in Quito and that they have a very little clarity in their talk.”
“They have attacked private property, are against free movement of the Ecuadorians… We simply demand peace,” Aguirre said.
“We agree with the fact that the government is firm (in the application of the economic measures that have led to the protests) because we cannot continue in an anarchy where a group of people respond to a particular political interest,” the spokesperson said.
He added that the “march for peace” will continue indefinitely, “if necessary.”
Another spokesperson, Veronica Murgueytio, accused the indigenous and social groups of being politically motivated in the protests over in the past week and called for understanding, so all the political actors can reach a better position.
The protests are in the end going against the people because everyone has gone through difficulties to elevate what they have, she said.
The spokesperson added that Tuesday’s march was to persuade the people and to arouse “citizen consciousness” and added that, “protest is acceptable but it should be peaceful protest.”
“The people who are gathered here are calling upon the society to seek peace and dialog,” participant Claudio Malaga said.
Other activists chanted the slogan “Ecuador hurts me” and called for the country to return to peace, to resume economic activities and generate employment.
“All we want is for them not to destroy the city of Quito,” Murgueytio said in reference to the violent protests that have shaken the city since last Thursday.
The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador has called for an “uprising” against the measures brought in by the government and especially against the rise of the gasoline prices.
The United Workers Front, one of the most important unions in the country, has called for a national strike for on Wednesday, and seeks a repeal of the economic measures.
The government has been established temporarily in Guayaquil in light of the security situation and has denounced the violence in protests.