Wednesday’s Labor Day parades could turn into protests against the Moreno government

Apr 30, 2019

Last year’s May Day parade in Cuenca.

Labor leaders say that Wednesday’s May Day parades in Ecuador will serve as a platform to protest the policies of the government of Lenin Moreno.

“This year’s labor day parades will not be like last year’s,” says Popular Front President Nelson Erazo. “These will be protest marches against the disastrous policies of the government and the growing threats to the rights, freedoms and guarantees of workers.”

Erazo recalled 2016 May Day parade protests which, he says, convinced former Rafael Correa not to seek another term as president. “Correa received our message then and Moreno will receive it this year. We don’t care who is president, we will protest all actions against the rights of the workers and the people.”

According to Erazo, the parades will protest Moreno’s loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the elimination of fuel subsidies and legislation being prepared that will hurt the rights of workers. “We are outraged at what is happening and the fact that many of the changes are not being revealed to the people.”

Erazo also said labor organizations object to the lack of action to restore funding to the national Social Security system (IESS). “Moreno promised to return the money stolen by Correa but he has not done it,” he said. “This is the worker’s money and will fight to restore it.”

Moreno announced Monday that May 1 will be a national holiday.

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