in the provinces
It has been reported that uniformed and plain clothes police enter buses arriving from the South of the country to arrest any person that appears "indigenous" and hence to be suspected of taking part in the mobilisations against the FTA.
Indigenous and social leaders are calling upon national and international human rights organisations to take URGENT action in solidarity with the PEACEFUL struggle of the indigenous peoples, farmers, students and poular movements of Ecuador against the imposition of the FTA that is being negotiated behind closed doors.
The interim government of Alfredo Palacio has resorted to attributing the responsability for the uprising to "outside forces", such as NGOs, foundations and international organisations funding development or educational projects in indigenous communities. Wilfrido Lucero, President of Congress, even suspected that behind the nation-wide protests stands Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
The Workers' Confederation of Ecuador, amongst others, is calling for the immediate institution of a "National Constitutive Assembly" to transform the Constitution in force since 1998 with the participation of all sectors and regions of the the country. The current Constitution is thought by many to constitute what is at bottom a fundamentally neoliberal State that is now proving to lack continued viability.
For more information in Spanish see http://ecuador.indymedia.org/