(Opinion) Last Monday, protests erupted throughout Ecuador. The demonstrations, coordinated by the CONAIE, or Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, accompanied by student groups and labor unions, resisted a planned hike in fuel prices.
The CONAIE is represented by the environmentalist indigenous Pachakutik Party in the
National Assembly in Quito, the second-most powerful party on the left.
The group also put forward 10 demands to the center-right government of President Guillermo Lasso. The demands include a halt to the expansion of oil and mining exploration, as well as a freeze on the price of petroleum and agricultural products . . .