The government of a key mining province in southern Ecuador has proposed a popular referendum on the development of new mines in the region, the latest obstacle to market-friendly President Lenin Moreno’s efforts to attract foreign mining investment.
As the national strike called for this week in Ecuador, by social and political organizations, enters its second day Tuesday, major roads were blocked and manifestations were reported all across the country including the country’s capital, Quito.
Ecuador’s National Campesino Movement (Fecaol) and workers’ unions have launched a five-day national strike Monday to protest President Lenin Moreno’s neoliberal government, as massive manifestations in the country’s capital and major cities are expected on Tuesday.
“There are many problems, it [Ecuador’s state oil company Petroecuador] is a monster with seven heads, and I am aware that we have not finished cleaning up the corruption inside it yet,” according to energy and non-renewable natural resources minister Carlos Pérez.
To sympathizers and celebrity boosters, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose extended furlough inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London ended in handcuffs last week, is a legend and a maligned whistleblower.
Nearly 10,000 public officials were fired by Ecuadorean government right after President Lenin Moreno signed an IMF deal. From Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, nearly 10 thousand government employees were fired according to local media reports. This came after the Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno signed a deal of US$4.2 billion with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Feb. 20.
The President of the Republic Lenin Moreno denied having accounts or offshore companies on his behalf, relatives, friends or acquaintances and denied the purchase of an apartment in Europe, in his message to the nation on the night of Tuesday, February 26, 2019, after the rumors that circulated in social networks in recent days.