Ecuador: Correistas Declare Victory in Local Elections

Preliminary results from Sunday’s local elections in Ecuador indicate a victory for the Citizens’ Revolution (Revolución Ciudadana) movement in key regions of the country. Voters also elected members of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS) and participated in a constitutional referendum which is now being projected as a likely loss for President Guillermo Lasso….

Ecuador: A Constitutional Referendum Intended to Solidify Control by Elites

Gustavo A Maranges What Ecuadorians will vote for next Sunday is not just a tiny reform, but a real surrender to the oligarchy and its political representatives. On Sunday, February 5, sectional elections will take place in Ecuador to elect mayors, prefects, rural or urban councilors, parish boards, and members of the Council of Citizen…

Attacks and Failures of the Right in Latin America

Claudio Katz Bolsonarism was affected by its failed coup. Its foundations in the army, gangs, agribusiness and evangelists are shaken. What are the current perspectives of the extreme right in the continent? Recently, the right-wingers in the region have faced three important setbacks. The failed coup in Brazil was preceded by a failed coup in…

Ecuador’s Resistance Confronts Multinational Mining Monster

In the second chapter of filmmaker Oscar Leon’s series on Ecuador’s resistance, Leon travels to the rural Andean community of Buenos Aires to meet rural campesinos and indigenous citizens defending their land against multinational mining companies. The clash over land and resources goes to the heart of the conflict that paralyzed Ecuador’s society in the…

The Grayzone Meets Ecuador’s Indigenous Resistance

In the latest installation of an ongoing Grayzone series, filmmaker Oscar Leon meets the leaders of an anti-mining and indigenous strike that paralyzed Ecuador for two weeks during June 2022. Leon visited two of the most representative towns of the Ecuadorian resistance and spoke to some of the key indigenous leaders to understand the issues…

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…

Ecuador and the Pandora Papers: Death Threats and Impunity

Andrés Arauz In a ceremony in early October, the president of Ecuador and my opponent in the presidential elections, Guillermo Lasso, issued a warning to those “daring who seek to scrutinize” his assets. He was referring to the Pandora Papers published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which revealed how dozens of world…