On Wednesday, the Workers' Unitary Front (FUT) and the Federation of University Students of Ecuador (FEUE) will hold a march against President Guillermo Lasso to protest his ineptitude in solving the serious problems that this South American country is going through.
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“Protesting is a fundamental human right and is protected by the Constitution. We protest because we are in a state of helplessness right now," FUT President Marcela Arellano said, and rejected the right-wing discourse according to which protests generate destabilization.
She pointed out that Lasso is the one who generates instability in Ecuador because his administration puts the burden of the economic and political crisis on the people.
In these circumstances, “we raise the need to allocate budgets for education, health, and security,” the workers' leader said.
Regarding the Lasso administration's intention to militarize the streets, she indicated that such a repressive measure seeks to hide social discontent since the police usually repress citizen mobilizations.
On Wednesday, students, workers, educators, and retirees will take to the streets of downtown Quito, the capital city, where they will defend social security, employment, health, and education.
Amid threats against them, the FUT and FEUE militants will hold a peaceful mobilization to demand that Lasso “step aside” and resign from the presidency.