Photo: “La Rebelión se Justifica, Solidaridad con Ecuador” (“It is Right to Rebel, Solidarity with Ecuador”) Graffiti spotted recently in Austin.
By Mike Talavera
Large spray-painted slogans expressing solidarity with the people’s struggle in Ecuador were recently spotted in Austin. They read, “La Rebelión se Justifica, Solidaridad con Ecuador” (“It is Right to Rebel, Solidarity with Ecuador”), and “¡Viva la Lucha de Los Indígenas! ¡Luchar contra el Imperialismo Estadounidense!” (“Long Live the Indigenous People’s Struggle! Struggle Against US Imperialism!”).
“La Rebelión se Justifica, Solidaridad con Ecuador” (“It is Right to Rebel, Solidarity with Ecuador”) Graffiti spotted recently in Austin.
Last week, massive protests composed of workers, poor peasants, and indigenous peoples erupted across Ecuador, responding violently to “Decree 883” which would lift the subsidy on fuel, causing a spike in the price of gas and other commodities. The austerity package was part of a $4.2 billion loan deal struck between the government of President Lenin Moreno and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Ecuadorian state retaliated against a national strike declared on October 3, leaving 7 dead, over 1,300 injured, and another 1,152 arrested, but the crackdown only escalated the rebellion of the masses. The economy was paralyzed by strikes and road blockades, severely disrupting key industries like oil production and export. The situation became so hostile in the capital Quito that Moreno was forced to flee.
Yesterday it was announced that the Moreno government made an agreement indigenous leaders for a withdrawal of the IMF-backed austerity package in exchange for an end to the protests. On Twitter Moreno announced, “A solution for peace and for the country: the government will substitute Decree 883 for a new one that has mechanisms for directing its resources to the people who need it the most.”
While developments are ongoing, it is clear that the Moreno government still intends to push forward a new austerity package to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit, the details of which remain to be seen.