The inclusion of a decision on the appointed day to send the political trial file of former government minister Maria Paula Romo to the State Prosecutor’s Office was a window to the plenary session of the National Assembly to open debate on the national strike and to censure the arrest of the President of the Union of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Kone), Leonidas Iza.
The Chamber set aside a few minutes for the resolution proposed by UNES legislator Juan Loret, which was approved by 107 votes, to ensure that Romo’s impeachment file is presented to the state attorney general’s office, in order to implement the corresponding controls.
Most of the morning’s discussions revolved around Isa’s arrest. All political sectors, with the exception of the ruling party, denounced the circumstances in which the indigenous leader was arrested in the early hours of 14 June, and expressed their solidarity with the crowd.
Leonidas Isa was transported by air to Latacunga; There he will face an investigation due to the accusations and a hearing to appear in court
From the Corismo sector, legislators Juan Loret, Blasco Luna, Ricardo Olcuango, Viviana Fellowes and Hajaira Oresta stepped in. They all condemned Isa’s arrest as illegal and arbitrary.
Loret said he was concerned about the passing of ten hours and the lack of legalization of the quality of the commander’s arrest, and that he could not help but condemn this outrage. “In the wrong way, gasoline is being poured on a fire caused by the national government itself,” he warned.
Olkwango asserted that the government, without much respect for rights, had arrested Leonidas Iza, an authoritarian, and demanded his immediate release. He also commanded attention to the approaches of the various sectors, but they did not accept the arbitrary arrest of an indigenous leader looking only for metering forces.
From Pachacotic’s seat, lawmakers Mario Ruiz, Dina Farinango, Jose Chimbo, Mireya Pazminio and Ricardo Vanegas came out to reject the leader’s arrest.
Ruiz commented that the government, by using force and rejecting the possibility of dialogue, intends to suppress, intimidate and persecute social leaders, and announced that the government and interior ministers would be summoned this week, as well as the commander-in-chief of the national police.
Vanegas concluded that according to the videos circulating on social media, Leonidas Eza was arrested without a court order and that it was not possible to talk about an outrageous crime because certain elements, such as persecution or desertion, had to be investigated at the time this happened. He committed a criminal act and it did not happen.
He said that it is said in an arbitrary and wrong way that a global leader adapts his behavior to the crime of rebellion, and that Article 346 of the Intellectual Property Protection Act refers to the type of elements for the existence of that crime. “As far as we know, there is no intention on the part of Comrade Isa to overthrow the government of President Guillermo Laso, and there is no weapon or armed group at the time of arrest that was on the verge of overthrowing the government.”
So is the Christian sociologist Luis Almeida He stated that in the case of the arrest of Leonidas Isa, there is no wrongdoing anywhere, “they are over-remarking and the worst of all is that they are using a certain group of police in this horrific act.”
He indicated his solidarity with Iza, for the arbitrariness in the way they held him, which is illegal, nor political, and it is brutal. “I’ve seen all the videos posted on social networks and I don’t see chaos anywhere, worse is the intellectual authorship; then, if there are judges who are subject to this, they must also abide by the legal and legitimate consequences of the Ecuadorean Parliament,” he stressed.
Marlon Cadena intervenes to point out that the Democratic left He urges the national government to set up a dialogue in which tear gas and batons are left aside, as situations are quelled. A free table is set up where the government accepts the hustle and bustle of the Ecuadorean people.
The crime of rebellion
Government lawmakers Natalie Arias and Guido Chiriboga refuted the standards of assembly members who condemned the way Kony’s president had been arrested.
Arias said the damage to the first day of the national strike counts in the dozens, not only because they talk about damage to patrol cars, but also about the invasion of agricultural producers, the smashing of windshields of private vehicles, and the assault on water pumping facilities. And oil and water cuts to different communities in addition to the closure of the country’s roads and causing severe damage to them. He said all this had nothing to do with the right to protest.
That they have to take action protected by the constitution and the law, where the right to work and freedom of movement are infringed. That Mr. Iza’s whereabouts were always known, that he was being held and his rights read on that basis.
He stated that those who must appear, not before the National Assembly but before the courts, are those who finance the abuses of which Ecuador has fallen victim.
Chiriboga argued that burning cars was not a social protest, but a crime, as well as breaking into flower farms, kidnapping prosecutors, and blocking roads.
He confirmed before the plenary session that Leonidas Isa had been caught in flagrante delicto with at least two offenses: the offense of rebellion, provided for in Art. 336 of the Comprehensive Basic Criminal Code (COIP), paralysis of public services, in Article 346 of the same Code, through direct authorship, regardless of intellectual authorship with insistence and appeals to bandit and paralyze the country.
As evidence, Chiriboga commented that Commander Isa had closed the E35 motorway near Pastokal, in Cotopaxi; that at that place he instructed to blockade highways and public services throughout the country, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the government.
He insisted that the indigenous leader, during his arrest and at the scene of the events, have his rights read to him in Quechua and Spanish. (YO)