Henceforth we mirror the (unofficial) translation of an article issued by the Brazilian comrades of A Nova Democracia on the recent attempts of pacifying the mass struggles in Ecuador:


After nearly two weeks of an intense mass uprising, the Ecuadorian people were betrayed by opportunist leaders. In the negotiations, opportunist leaders of the peasant movement agreed to freeze mobilizations if the cancellation of the subsidy (which caused the fuel increases) would be taken back. However, they accepted other measures that affect wages, outsourcing and others.

Decree 883, which put an end to the subsidy of fuel, was revoked on October 13. At the negotiating table for the revocation of the decree, indigenous leaders agreed to end protests and roadblocks.

Although decree 883 was overthrown by the masses, the government, the opportunistic leadership and the UN agreed to create a new decree, because it is, after all, an imposition of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that further economic reforms be made. Furthermore, the only measure taken away from Moreno's “package” was decree 883. Wage reductions and labor outsourcing, among other measures directed against the people, continue.

The Front for the Defense of the Struggles of the People (FDLP) of Ecuador, in its call for the Great General Strike on the day of the 9th of October, already stated: “The demands of the masses do not fit the negotiating tables, with the revisionist and opportunist leadership giving in to the old state. The only valid negotiation will be the condition of the stepping down of the Moreno regime after is has also withdrawn their measures of hunger that it dictated.”

In the evaluation document about the days of struggle in October, the FDLP states: “It is important that we are not won over by the opportunists who depict themselves to be peaceful and who want to deny the people the legitimate right to oppose reactionary violence with revolutionary violence.”

It proceeds: “It must be said, here and now, that there will be no pardon or forgetfulness for the those repressing the people. There will be no pardon or forgetfulness for those who bargain and negotiate with the blood of the people. And in that we want to be incisive: popular leaders, trade unionists and peasants who dare to negotiate with the blood that the people shed will have to answer history.”

Throughout history, the FDLP continues, “we know that opportunist and revisionist leaderships always end up negotiating the blood and the struggles of the people with the bosses, with the repression, with the governments in power, in short, with the old state.”

“We have to deepen the struggle, we have to militarize the action [...] It is urgent to give more forceful answers to the old state, its repressive apparatus and the government. We have to reclaim the lives of our martyrs, fueling the people’s rebellion. Revolutionary violence must be applied and developed - this is the slogan to be raised”, concludes the FDLP.