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Indigenous movement in Ecuador says it accepts 'direct dialogue' with Moreno

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Indigenous movement in Ecuador says it accepts 'direct dialogue' with Moreno

The indigenous movement protesting in Ecuador announced Saturday that it will support the "direct dialogue" proposed by President Lenin Moreno, aiming to negotiate a way out of the crisis triggered by the economic adjustments signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"After a consultation process with communities, organizations, peoples, nationalities and social organizations, we have decided to participate in direct dialogue" with Moreno, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie) said in a statement.

On Friday (11), hundreds of indigenous people came to Quito to intensify the pressure against the government.

The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie) – which leads part of the demonstrations – has sent a letter to the government calling for a resumption of fuel subsidy policy and an end to repression.

In a message broadcast on Ecuadorian television on Friday afternoon, Moreno proposed to dialogue with indigenous representatives about the decree that ended the policy of fuel subsidies. He did not detail, however, whether to make concessions to the demands of the protesters.

"The country must regain its calm," the president said.

"I call on the leaders to talk directly with me; we sit down to talk and talk about Decree 833 (which defined the withdrawal of subsidies). Let's talk about where these resources should go and make sure they are intended for those who need them most. We put in our hands the solution of differences, "said Moreno.

However, Conaie later rejected talks with the Moreno government. "Dialogue lacks credibility," the association said in a statement from France Presse.

Ecuador has been on a standstill since October 3 – a move that gave Moreno the prerogative to convene the armed forces to curb demonstrations against ending subsidy policy and a 123 percent increase in fuel prices. In addition, the government moved its headquarters from Quito to Guayaquil, the coastal town farthest from the epicenter of the protests.

The measure is part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to obtain a credit of $ 4.2 billion – equivalent to about $ 17.2 billion.

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