IMF-funded neoliberal regime firing "live ammunition" on protesters

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IMF-funded neoliberal regime firing "live ammunition" on protesters

Post by fwiw » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:24 pm

Ecuador: Riot Police Fire Tear Gas, Live Ammo at Protesters
Conaie President Jaime Vargas who is on the frontlines of the marches, told teleSUR Friday afternoon from the scene that the government is using “live ammunition” against the people.

“These aren’t rubble bullets,” Vargas said, showing the camera gun casing left behind by National Police forces that have been filmed over the past week using excessive force on protesters in several cities throughout Ecuador.

“These have a range of 30-60 meters. They are murdering us,” Vargas said.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Ecu ... -0010.html
Ecuadorean social scientist, Aquiles Hervas, said over social media from the scene: “We have just witnessed a vile betrayal. [Authorities] accepted the crowd’s arrival outside the assembly in order to talk shortly after the president’s announcement. Once they had approached [the building], the police fired at close range while people were eating soup. Several children were trampled by the terrified crowd. It is a war scene with unarmed people, several were injured.”

Video capturing the attacks show hundreds of people fleeing eastward from the assembly, trying to escape the tear gas grenades and armored vehicles. Just moments before the aggression, the thousands who were sent running, had been peacefully sitting on the assembly lawn, chanting, "no more bullets, no more rocks."

For the first time since nationwide protests began last Thursday, President Lenin Moreno, on Friday, called on Indigenous movements to "dialogue" the controversial decree 883 that ended fuel subsidies and reduced workers' rights as of Oct. 3, unleashing massive protests against the measures by the unpopular government that has a 17 percent approval rating.

The austerity measures are being implemented at the behest of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in exchange for a US$4.2 billion loan negotiated by the Moreno administration last March.
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Re: IMF-funded neoliberal regime firing "live ammunition" on protesters

Post by fwiw » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:57 am

Unsurprisingly, the government is now censoring telesur, the outlet which made the above report:
Sin NINGUNA justificación a esta hora nuestra señal ha sido retirada de canal satelital 722 y cable 626 en Ecuador. Denunciamos este hecho y llamamos a nuestros usuarios en este país a exigir a las operadoras la restitución inmediata de teleSUR.
https://twitter.com/pvillegas_tlSUR/sta ... 5732008960
Translation (via google translate):
Without any justification at this time our signal has been removed from satellite channel 722 and cable 626 in Ecuador. We denounce this fact and we call our users in this country to demand operators the immediate restitution of teleSUR.
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Re: IMF-funded neoliberal regime firing "live ammunition" on protesters

Post by fwiw » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:14 am

Ecuador: Gov't Drops IMF-Decree, Deal Reached Strike Called Off
On Sunday night, the United Nations-backed dialogue table set between Lenin Moreno's governement and leaders of Indigenous organizations reached a deal to revoke Decree 883 and to set up a comission that will write the new document.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Agr ... -0021.html

Quito celebrates tonight's dialogue agreement ending IMF-austerity Decree 883.


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