Rafael Correa: ‘They Have Already Destroyed Assange’

Matt Kennard Former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa. (Photo: Phil Miller / Declassified UK) Declassified sits down with the former president of Ecuador who granted Julian Assange asylum in London. He talks about dealing with the British, how the US seeks to control his country and the lawfare campaign against him. “The British are used…

Ecuador: Key Aspects and Implications of the National Strike

Daniel Edgar The massive Indigenous mobilization and social uprising in Ecuador that paralysed the country for most of June, led by the largest and most powerful Indigenous organization in the country (CONAIE), was ended and the blockade of major roads lifted on the 30th of June after the government reluctantly decided to negotiate and subsequently…

Ecuador: An Agreement Reached and a Crisis that Continues

Marco Teruggi On Thursday afternoon the indigenous uprising in Ecuador ended. The trucks loaded with people began to leave Quito in caravans and under applause to their respective communities. They did it after 18 days of a national strike in which participated the different indigenous organizations of the country, transporters, popular neighborhoods, all those who…

National Strike in Ecuador Completes 15 Days, Struggle Continues

Tanya Wadhwa Hundreds of thousands of Ecuadorians held a massive march in capital Quito to mark 15 days of the national strike On June 27. (Photo: CONAIE/Twitter) Ecuadorian peasant, Indigenous and Afro-descendant organizations have vowed to continue fighting against poverty and deep inequalities in the country, despite persecution, criminalization and repression by the state Monday,…

Ecuador in Revolt: Interview with Irene León

José Ernesto Nováez Guerrero The current situation in Ecuador has numerous interconnections with the country’s recent past and with what is happening on a regional scale. Once again, Latin America is the scene of a fierce dispute where, beyond the many nuances that can be attributed to any heterogeneous social process, the guiding framework is…

Ecuador’s Uprising Escalates Despite Violent Government Repression

The Grayzone spoke with leaders of Ecuador’s indigenous movements, now engaged in ferocious street protests against the privatization policies of President Guillermo Lasso, a billionaire banker. The activists addressed their demands and the repression they have witnessed, including arrests and alleged assassination attempts. In part two of our series on Ecuador’s indigenous-led revolt against the…

Ecuador: “Stop the Massacre”

Carlos Crespo (Image by Walker Vizcarra) “Stop the massacre” was the cry that ran through tears, pain and indignation on the twelfth day of the #ParoNacional2022. “We have had a very difficult day”; “it has been a very strong day”. “We denounce to the world… the wounded, the dead, the imprisoned. Let them know about…

Ecuadorians Continue to Resist as National Strike Enters Second Week

Tanya Wadhwa Since June 13, hundreds of thousands of Ecuadorians have been mobilizing across the country as a part of an indefinite national strike against the right-wing government of President Guillermo Lasso and his regressive economic policies. Photo: Alexander Crespo Defying the state of emergency, enduring brutal police and military repression, hundreds of thousands of…

Ecuador: CONAIE and Unions to Maintain National Strike

Kawsachun News CONAIE President Leonidas Iza addresses indigenous movement bases after being released from police and military custody. June 15, 2022. Mobilizations will continue and key roads remain blocked as the indefinite Ecuador-wide protests against the neoliberal policies of Guillermo Lasso’s administration head into a fourth day. Security forces have been unsuccessful in trying to lift 24…

Javier Jerez: “In the Ecuadorian State Everything is Falling Apart”

Cris González Javier Jerez is the former vice-governor of the Salasaka people, and he referred to the arbitrary detention of leader Leonidas Iza, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples and Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), in which all his rights were violated since there is no basis for this arrest, as Jerez indicated in an…