Ecuador: People Want Referendum on FTA
Quito, Apr 1 2006 (Prensa Latina)
The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) has demanded the government Sunday to suspend the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks with the US and hold a referendum on that deal.
CONAIE head Luis Macas warned if the administration does not meet their demand then anti-FTA protests and rallies will intensify as the group agreed at its National Assembly on Friday.
At the meeting, the movement insisted on the immediate lifting of the curfew imposed in five provinces and claimed for legal compensation for physical, psychological and material damages to its members caused by the violent police repression.
It accused President Alfredo Palacio’s administration of keeping a dictatorial position while promising to take the case before the Organization of American States human rights commissions and the UN.
In addition, CONAIE ratified its demand over the expulsion of US Oxy Oil Company and expressed solidarity with all Latin American peoples opposing the FTA with Washington.