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Transit strike is over but some groups say they will continue protests for other causes 

Ecuador’s transportation unions announced Friday night that they are ending their two-day work stoppage and that the country’s taxis and buses will return to service effective immediately.

Police block a street Friday in Cuenca’s historic district.

The president of the National Federation of Transport Cooperatives, Abel Gómez, said his members maintain their demand that the government rescind gasoline and diesel price increases but decided to end the strike for the good of the country. “We have left our claims with the government and feel we have successfully completed the first phase of our campaign,” he said.

The end of the strike, which resulted in road blockages throughout the country, came hours after Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner said that the government was open to raising fares on inter-provincial bus routes and that it would encourage municipalities to make similar adjustment for urban bus and taxi fares. “We understand that higher prices for fuel require a revision of the rates charged to the public,” he said.

Some organizations that supported the transit strike voiced anger that the transportation strike ended so soon and said they planned to continue their street protests. According to spokespersons for labor, education and indigenous rights groups, many of the those involved in the protests have ideological differences with the leaders of the transportation unions.

“We supported the transit strike because we opposed the fuel price increase and the Moreno government,” said Maya Gonzalez, an officer with a national education union. “We disagree with them in their support for the Correista movement, which most of us reject. People in the transportation unions like Gómez and [Virgilio] Hernández are in the pockets of the Correistas and our positions on most issues are different. Most of the anti-government movements will never support Correa positions or their candidates.”

Speaking on a Cuenca radio station, Gonzalez says that a new leftist movement that excludes supporters of both Correa and Moreno is being formed. “In most cases, Moreno is continuing the destructive work of Rafael Correa which we strongly oppose.”

It is unclear if Cuenca, Quito and Guayaquil will see more demonstrations today. The number of protesters was down sharply on Friday from Thursday.

Transportation boss Gómez said he has ordered the end of roadblocks maintained by his members but said there are some blockages by indigenous and other groups in the sierra region that he has no control over.

49 thoughts on “Transit strike is over but some groups say they will continue protests for other causes 

    1. There are no talks. Lenin already said the policy is non-negotiable. That´s why the buses still aren´t running and the taxis are still blocking the streets.

      But hey, the media says the strike is over. Who you gonna believe, them or your lyin´eyes?

  1. Wondering when interprovincial travel by bus or buseta will be open between Guayaquil and Cuenca, and Cuenca and Quito… I wonder if it will be best to take buses from Cuenca to Guayaquil via non-sierra routes for the time being?

    1. There are no interprovincial buses running. The government got a few union leaders to announce the strike is over but someone forgot to tell the drivers. They’re still on strike.

      1. It’s mostly the indigenous manning the roadblocks at this point. They may keep it up for a few days until the public turns against them. Those of us who have lived here most of our lives have seen the pattern again and again. There is nothing new this time.

        1. The same taxis that were blocking the roads on Thursday are out there today. Apparently buying off their leaders wasn’t enough.

  2. “People in the transportation unions like Gómez and [Virgilio] Hernández are in the pockets of the Correistas and our positions on most issues are different.”

    I guess Virgilio and various correista instigators of the riots are crying in their cornflakes right now:

    O se cae el paquetazo, que afecta a la mayor parte de los ecuatorianos, o cae el gobierno,

    1. It can happen anywhere but it’s more likely to happen in Argentina, Colombia and Peru first. The world is a mess.

        1. Well, just follow what is happening in the U.S. Leftist Democrats and the party are strongly proposing the socialist agenda. If it can happen in the U.S., it can happen anywhere. Incredible that so many have no clue about the world history of socialism and how it is a recipe for failure. Ignorant people only think about the free candy that socialism promotes. Sad!.

          1. And along with it, comes financial collapse, misery, and homeless people living in the streets. Go to You Tube…. and view the many, many postings of Europeans warning the US to NOT make the Socialist mistakes that Europe has made….. yet we keep marching right into the abyss.

            1. Acbig, The top 17 happiest countries in the world are democratic socialist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Happiness_Report And an American Democrat would be considered a solid (even frightening) conservative in any other country but the US. People like yourself merely call ANYONE who doesn’t toe your line and agree with you, “leftist”, “socialist”, “communist”.. As for US political stability…..open your eyes.

            2. No doubt, Toby. The U.S. has always had a problem learning from history. Was never able to understand that, and I’m an old man.

              1. No argument from me…. I spent two combat tours in Vietnam….for what? We didn’t know why we were there at the time… and here we are today, caught up in these endless wars.

          2. Those of us that are recipients of the socialist social security monthly entitlement are already benefiting from socialism. It is a nice little extra stipend to spend each month.

            1. Then you must be living in Venezuela, where they are receiving the full benefit of SOCIALISM.
              And regarding “social security monthly entitlement”, the key word there is “entitlement”. You see John, what you fail to mention is that recipients of this monthly benefit is due to the recipients paying into this fund during their working years. This isn’t a hand-out, and you need to understand that. But to the bigger point, the U.S. is a democracy, governed by laws. The people are represented by the government, and not the other way around (as in “socialism”). Glad I could straighten you out on that, buddy.

                1. Ahh. So you are tearing a page out of Adam Shiff’s book. If you are not confident enough to debate the facts, then pivot. So w-e-a-k!

      1. You know that ex-president Rafael Correa visited Venezuela and Cuba last month?He also had an interview with Maduro, the president of Venezuela. You can find this interview on YouTube at the channel of RT.

        It is said that Rafael Correa will run for vice-president in 2021.

    2. “Unfortunately, Venezuela can happen in Ecuador”- So can Canada, Finland, Sweden Denmark, New Zealand, Belgium, etc.

  3. This explains the sign I saw at one of yesterday’s protests that lumped Correa in with Moreno. I didn’t know that Correa was so disliked by some of the left.

    1. His disliked by extremists on both ends of the spectrum. That’s how you knew he was doing the right thing.

  4. ““We supported the transit strike because we opposed the fuel price increase and the Moreno government,” said Maya Gonzalez, an officer with a national education union. “We disagree with them in their support for the Correista movement, which most of us reject. People in the transportation unions like Gómez and [Virgilio] Hernández are in the pockets of the Correistas and our positions on most issues are different. Most of the anti-government movements will never support Correa positions or their candidates.”

    How long before Jason shows up to set this lady straight?

    1. How long before you take the time to look up who she is?

      “Most of the anti-government movements will never support Correa positions or their candidates.”

      That explains why they won so many elections this year.

      Seriously, if you’re going to rely on a quote from the spokesperson for UNE, at least take the time to find out who they are.

      1. Learn to read better. My posting that quote in no way meant that I agreed with the content. I don’t. I left it to you to pick it apart. Better that you don’t alienate those that agree with you . You never know when you’ll need an ally.

      2. I agree Citizens Revolution will remain a force in Ecuador politics but believe also that there needs to be a new leftist movement capable of winning on the national level. Otherwise the field is left open to the likes of Lasso and Nebot.

        1. You’re right. The country needs a liberal-left party that can win the presidency and control the assembly. Look to the future, not the past.

        2. The movement that won the last 4 presidential elections and a majority in the legislature isn’t capable of winning on the national level?

  5. What business is it of the education unions to be involved in a gas price hike demonstration where their reasoning is political and not economic? Also, any students involved in destructive and looting activities, under the umbrella of being part of a “protest demonstration”, ought to be immediately expelled from the school or university they attend without the right of going to another one in Ecuador. And, their parents ought to be made financially responsible for any damage their children caused. Maybe then the “coddled” youth might understand the need for fiscal measures to balance a budget or checkbook, something they apparently don’t understand. This week’s actions by the students is reminiscent of the 1960s in the United States.

    1. Have you ever heard of ANTIFA in the States? The same B.S. and civil chaos is still going on… and it appears that the Berkeley crowd of burnt out hippies, and the municipal government of Portland (among others) encourage and endorse it……. although it has been reported that a certain aging, rich former Nazi, originally from Hungary. could be funding much of it.

      1. The rich. former Nazi was 14 years old when World War II ended. He is also a Holocaust survivor. Nice try, though. How are things on the far, far, ultra-right conspiracy fringe?

        1. You are correct…. he was 14 at the end of the war…. he was not a “survivor” however, since he and his family denounced their Jewish faith, and, interestingly, actually worked for the Nazis (as a young boy) in Budapest during the war. See….. I can use Google too, and obviously, we interpret things differently. Without question, however he donates heavily to far left, progressive causes and has “ties” to ANTIFA through his funding of the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ)…. which is where we started…. but you somehow, “overlooked”. Nice try….. how are things over on your end of the spectrum????? “Not really great” I’m guessing.

          1. Bravo Toby, You are very accurate example of America today!

            The fascinating thing is how sane Americans disappear when people like yourself turn up. It makes them more responsible for what has been happening than you are.

    2. I agree with you about the students. I think there were some people out there “protesting” who were there for the excitement. Just like in the US when there are protests. It’s my understanding that the cost to operate the private school buses will increase due to the cost of fuel. However, this doesn’t impact university students who take buses and cycle to class.

    1. No demonstrations either. The streets and parks are open again. Looks like things are getting back normal.

  6. This may not be over. There is a report a that a general strike has been called for Wednesday.

    ““The Ecuadorean people are indignant at this package, which is a prize for businessmen and bankers, to comply with the IMF’s recipe,” said Mesias Tatamuez, head of the Workers’ United Front umbrella union.””

    ““The indigenous movement is mobilizing indefinitely in the whole country,” Jaime Vargas, president of the CONAIE umbrella indigenous group, told Reuters. “With or without jail, our resolve is firm.””
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ecuador-protests/ecuador-indigenous-groups-workers-keep-pressure-on-moreno-idUSKCN1WK0DQ

  7. I have plans to visit Ecuador this coming Tuesday!! Would I be another ignorant American for not canceling my trip and not realize the gravity of the situation right now?

    My plan after arriving in Quito was to travel by bus or private taxi to Tena, then Cuenca, Guayaquil and finally fly back up to Quito for my return.

    1. The roads are blocked you will be stuck in Quito like I am unless you fly everywhere. We tried to get out today and made it half way before we had to turn back around.

  8. A few days after a public demonstration against climate change (caused by burning fossil fuels) there is another public demonstration protesting the attempt to bring fossil fuel prices up closer to the world price. I betcha there were people who participated in both!!!

  9. Socialism fails every time and everywhere. Capitalism succeeds, period! Doesn’t seem so hard to figure out whats right when you just look at history.

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