CONAIE group leading protests discusses with President Guillermo Lasso's government possible solutions that could end strikes that have paralysed parts of the South American country for two weeks.
Ecuadorean Indigenous organisations have met with the government to discuss demands for lower fuel and food prices which have sparked two weeks of protests, hitting the country's weakened economy and threatening its oil production.
Indigenous groups led by organisation Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) said in a statement earlier on Monday that the price reduction to $2.45 per gallon for gasoline extra and $1.80 per gallon for diesel was not enough.
But in the afternoon the groups attended a meeting with government officials, even as backers marched in Quito in rejection of the new prices.
"We will drive results for the 10-point agenda, we call on our mobilised supporters to be vigilant," CONAIE said on Twitter.
President Guillermo Lasso late on Sunday announced a 10-cent per gallon cut to gasoline and diesel prices, the latest concession to try to quell the sometimes-violent demonstrations, which began on June 13.
At least seven people have died in connection with the marches and the country's oil output has been halved, with the energy ministry saying a production halt is possible by Tuesday if roadblocks and takeovers of oil wells continue.
Lasso, whose adversarial relationship with the national assembly worsened during the protests, has also withdrawn security measures and announced subsidised fertilisers and debt forgiveness.
Having to cut oil production amid globally high prices "is a crime," Italo Cedeno, the manager of state-run oil company Petroecuador, told a local television station.
Lasso said earlier in a tweet that measures including the gas price cut will cost some $600 million.
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¡Son 10 puntos, no 10 centavos! es la decisión colectiva de nuestras estructuras organizativas movilizadas con una agenda clara por 15 días de #ParoNacionalEcuador.— CONAIE (@CONAIE_Ecuador) June 27, 2022
Por los derechos, la dignidad y la justica, ¡nadie se cansa!#conaie pic.twitter.com/BkybhXJqD2
Residents of Quito have complained of shortages of domestic gas and food. Other cities have also reported shortages of fuel and medical supplies for hospitals.
The public oil sector, private producers of flowers and dairy products, tourism and other businesses have lost about $500 million, the government has said.
CONAIE tallies five protester deaths, while the government says three civilians died during marches, two more were killed in accidents and two died in ambulances delayed by blockades.
Lawmakers are set to continue debate on Tuesday on an effort to remove Lasso from office, though it appears opposition groups lack the necessary support for the measure to succeed.
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