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Garbage collection resumes in Cuenca as prefect negotiates to bring in gas and food

Azuay Prefect Yaku Perez

Cuenca garbage trucks will roll again Friday night as scheduled pick-ups resume. The announcement followed negotiations by Mayor Pedro Palacios with residents of the Santa Ana parish who have maintained a blockade of the road to the city landfill in Pichacay.

Meanwhile, Azuay Prefect Yaku Perez is in talks with indigenous residents of Cañar Province to allow a humanitarian corridor for the delivery of LP gas and food to Cuenca and Azuay Province. “We hope to establish periods when highway can be opened to allow shipments of essential goods to move south,” he said. “We do not have a final agreement but hope to have one soon.”

To the southwest, talks are ongoing with road-blockers near Santa Isabel who are holding up dozens of gasoline tankers headed to Cuenca but police say no progress has been made. Injuries were reported Friday as police and army troops attempted to clear the road. Early Saturday, police said there were 10 blockages between Santa Isabel and Girón.

Perez is a leader and activist in Ecuador’s indigenous movement and is a past president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie).

Friday was another peaceful day in the historic district — the second in as many days — although access was again limited to Parque Calderon. A small protest formed early afternoon at the Simon Bolivar and Presidente Borrero blockade but no rock-throwing or tear-gassing incidents were reported.

Business owners in the blockaded area around the park are asking for a meeting with the mayor to discuss allowing greater access to their stores and restaurants. Most businesses in the area have been closed for more than a week and some owners say they face bankruptcy if they can’t reopen soon.

Taxis and city buses are back on a full-service schedule.

8 thoughts on “Garbage collection resumes in Cuenca as prefect negotiates to bring in gas and food

  1. The article neglected to mention it, but Prefect Yaku Perez is supporting the indigenous protests. He spoke at a rally at San Blas on Thursday. Perez is from the indigenous political party Pachakutik.

  2. The negotiations don’t seem to be going anywhere so the army has taken matters into its own hands. I saw a convoy of dozens of big rigs, escorted by troop carriers, coming into town on the Pan Americana sur this morning. Three cheers for the cavalry!

    1. I think that law enforcement and the army have let the terrorists have their way for too long. When one of of ten victims are the so called protesters and nine are policemen or soldiers it is ridiculous. My wife was due for a medical treatment last Tuesday and we are still here in Guayaquil.

  3. I would suspect that blocking roads is illegal, why aren’t they rounding up these people and locking them away in prison where they belong.

    1. I would suggest that none of the negotiated openings in the blockades allow for farmer’s /protester’s goods to go to market. Let it hurt them in the pocketbook and see how long those road blocks last. No cooking gas either.

  4. Zhucay said they are closing the highway again Monday, Maybe 3 days. No bus 18 to Zhucay and no mixtos in Zhucay.

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