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Ecuadorians protest end of fuel subsidies

Quito, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian social organizations called to take to the streets in rejection of the decision of President Daniel Noboa's government to eliminate fuel subsidies.

The Popular Front, which includes a dozen union and student movements, called for a mobilization this Wednesday, in Quito the capital city, to reach the Carondelet Palace, the headquarters of the Executive.

At a press conference this Monday, the president of the Front, Nelson Erazo, urged marching in other provinces of the country toward the governorships. “If gasoline goes up, everything goes up,” he warned.

The president of the Federation of University Students of Ecuador (FEUE), Nery Padilla, pointed out that young people will join the protest because extortion, deaths, Value Added Tax (VAT), and school dropouts have increased recently. “This is a reflection that the measures adopted by the Government have not been to guarantee security, but rather a blow to the popular sectors to which the end of subsidies will be added, which will be an attack on the economy and well-being,” added Padilla, in whose opinion the maneuver only expresses dependence on the IMF.

The National Union of Educators (UNE) announced another day of mobilization on July 4th to protest the Government’s neoliberal offensive.

Other organizations, such as the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), agreed that the decision of Daniel Noboa’s administration seeks to guarantee IMF loans and not solve economic problems.

In the agreement signed between Ecuador and the IMF last May 31st, Noboa’s government committed to reviewing fuel subsidies, among other aspects, and in exchange it will receive a loan of four billion dollars.