Leonidas Iza, leader of an indigenous organization, arrested after protests in Ecuador

(CNN Spanish) – Ecuadorean police stated via Twitter that they had arrested Leonidas Iza, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Kuni), on presumed crimes, and said he is in a temporary detention room for a disqualified hearing.

President Guillermo Laso announced this Tuesday as well via TwitterAnd the start of arrests for what he described as “material and intellectual perpetrators of acts of violence” during the National Mobilization Day that Kony held on Monday without explicitly naming Eza.

“Respect for the law is a fundamental principle of coexistence in a democracy, which is why the arrests of material and intellectual authors of acts of violence began. Now it is up to the prosecutor’s office and the judiciary to act because no one is above the law,” Lasso said from the Government Palace.

Kony herself also reported Isa’s arrest from her Twitter account, with a video broadcast on social networks in which the leader of the indigenous organization was seen being presented to a car by police officers.

According to Kony’s publication, those who participated in the arrest were elite groups of the police and armed forces.

“We call on our organizational structure to radicalize the pragmatic measures for the freedom of our greatest leader and the dignity of our struggle,” the Indigenous Organization wrote.

Kony considers Eza’s detention to be unlawful and inconsistent with due process. Lenin Sarzuza, Leonidas Isa’s lawyer, wrote that his client’s arrest was unlawful because he had no order from the judge, no police report, and in a public statement it was reported that Isa had been transferred to the flagrante delicto unit in Quito.

Eza led the protests that began on Monday in Ecuador, which included several methods of road closures, and called on the government to meet their economic and social demands, otherwise the halt may continue. Mobilization continues with some roadblocks in the country and the entrance to the capital. According to Kony, the mobilization could continue if the government did not respond to their demands.

Kony is calling for lower fuel prices, tackling unemployment, regulating agricultural prices, and fighting crime and insecurity, among other requests.

President Laso said Ecuadoreans cannot be victims of what he called “spoilers” who want to cause chaos. “My duty as president is to ensure that Ecuadorean families can move freely,” the president added.

On Monday night, from the Consolidated Command Center in Quito, several government authorities presented the budget for the National Mobilization Day.

According to the Minister of the Interior, Patricio Carrillo, violence was observed during the afternoon between the demonstrators, and he indicated that there had been a “kidnapping” for several hours of members of the National Police in Saragoro, who were later released, and that in Cotopaxi province, there was an attempt to intimidate flower and broccoli producers who did not want to participate in the protests.

A group of women march in support of women’s rights as part of the national mobilization against the Ecuadorean government, in Quito, on June 13, 2022 (Photo by VERÓNICA LOMBEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Carrillo also denounced the failure of seven ambulances to reach medical assistance and transport people to hospitals. “Here there is hidden violence that must be shown and stopped,” the minister said.

On Monday morning, 20 roads were reported closed in Ecuador, police told CNN, most of which were opened after a dialogue process with protesters. According to the Minister of Interior, 90% of the country’s road network is open.

The commander-in-chief of the Ecuadorean National Police, Fausto Salinas, said that “protocols for the gradual use of force” will be used in the event of violence or sabotage by protesters.

For his part, Director General of the Integrated Security Service ECU 91, Juan Zapata, told CNN that it is inevitable that residents will feel the effects of a day of mobilization and that the main impact will be economic, by blocking traffic for several people. roads. Zapata emphasized that the closure was permitted by law.

Leave a Comment