Food is the fundamental right of peoples and the indigenous and farming world has created, enhanced and protected the food heritage for millennia, with practices of care, solidarity and reciprocity between brothers and sisters and with nature.
For this reason, the Slow Food Latin American network – present in 23 Latin American countries and part of the international Slow Food network committed to the right to good, clean and fair food – is in constant solidarity with the indigenous and peasant peoples of the world their just and heartfelt demands. Today we denounce and condemn the armed, violent and disproportionate repression of the indigenous and peasant protests in Ecuador, which has already left 5 dead, 18 missing and countless wounded, numbers that could increase over the hours due to the Ecuadorian President’s declaration of repression and use of deadly weapons against the protesters.
We also denounce that the Ecuadorian government did not want to listen to the fundamental social reasons and demands of the conflict, but only to demands of social discontent arising from the liberal measures imposed (the general rise in the cost of living, the advance of extractivism, the violation of collective rights of peoples, precarious working conditions and the risk of privatization of public goods and services).
We also denounce that the Ecuadorian government, led by Guillermo Lasso, has limited itself to criminalizing and suppressing demands and protests, and finally legitimizing violence, thereby declaring war on the indigenous and peasant movement.
In governing, it is important to take into account the great diversity of ideas, peoples, needs, territories and realities of our countries in every decision. We need to stop copying one type of economic model and seeing it as “unique” because we sacrifice our precious diversity and culture just for the money.
We call for an end to violence against tribal peoples and farmers. Do not shoot! Stop the massacre! Create the conditions for a sincere dialogue that will allow for a peaceful and democratic solution to the conflict. defend peace! No peace without social justice!
They unanimously support and endorse the statement of the Slow Food communities of Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba and the Caribbean, El Salvador, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela and the Slow Food Native American and Caribbean Network .
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