After almost two weeks of violent protests by indigenous people, Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso lifted the state of emergency.
He had imposed this in six provinces “because of serious internal unrest” – including Pichincha, which includes the capital Quito.
The government is thus reaffirming its willingness to guarantee the creation of peaceful spaces, according to a statement by the President's Office on Saturday evening.
In the state of emergency, larger gatherings were prohibited.
On June 13, indigenous groups called a so-called national strike – since then there have been daily protests and road blockades in the South American country.
Among other things, the demonstrators demand a freeze on fuel prices, a moratorium on debt service for more than four million families and fair prices for agricultural products.
Between 1997 and 2005, protests by indigenous groups contributed to the premature end of three governments in Ecuador.
On the night of Sunday, a motion by the left-wing opposition to remove the conservative Lasso from office because of the unrest was discussed in parliament – so far there has not been a vote.
Representatives of the demonstrators and the government met on Saturday.
In a Facebook video, however, leaders of the indigenous groups emphasized that there was no dialogue with the government.
The "fight" goes on.
In a speech on Friday, Lasso, who has been in power for a good year, accused the head of the indigenous group Conaie, Leonidas Iza, of attempting a coup.
The demonstrations also saw clashes with security forces.
According to a statement by a coalition of Ecuadorian human rights organizations, there have been at least five deaths as a result of state "repression".
166 people were injured and six people were missing.Keywords: