HECHOS. En octubre de 2019, durante 10 días, Ecuador tuvo protestas de los movimientos indígenas contra la eliminación del subsidio a los combustibles.

Assembly will analyze amnesty for protagonists of October 2019

The Assembly will discuss in the coming days the pardon of people accused of committing acts of vandalism in the protests of October 2019. The request calls into question the impunity of the attacks on the Comptroller’s Office and other State infrastructure.

27 people who are being investigated for burning documents and destroying part of the Contraloría building, in the protests of October 2019, are waiting to obtain an amnesty. The Assembly has until March 14 to decide whether or not to grant a pardon to those who allegedly were inside the Comptroller’s Office when it was on fire.

In total, there are 269 amnesty requests approved by the Constitutional Guarantees Commission and that must now be analyzed in plenary. 80% have to do with legal proceedings against defenders of nature. There are also human rights defenders and administrators of indigenous justice.

A long process full of complaints

3 people related to the demonstrations of October 2019, are Paola Pabón, Leonidas Iza, Virgilio Hernández, there are another 27 investigated for damages to the Comptroller.

In the Prosecutor’s Office there is a long file with the process. At first, a judicial case for Terrorism was initiated. After a month, the charges were reformulated and now they are on trial for three crimes defined in the Comprehensive Organic Criminal Code (COIP): crimes of sabotage (art. 345), crime of taking public facilities (art 346) and crime of destruction of records (art 347)

Indigenous people say they are not guilty

According to documents from the Prosecutor’s Office, several indigenous people from Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Pastaza, among others, are on the list of culprits.

Their lawyers allege that they are farmworkers, college students or businessmen. Even among the discharge tests there are certificates of honorability, of affiliation to the Conaie and even certificates of belonging to evangelist groups.

The truth is that, according to the police report, all the people cited were apprehended inside the facilities of the Comptroller’s Office. “Several of them gave off a strong smell of fuel (gasoline).”

Millions in damage expenses

According to the Central Bank of Ecuador, the damage and losses to the institutional infrastructure amount to $39 million.

For the vice president of Conaie, Senaida Yasacama, many of the actions of October 2019 were part of the right to resistance, which is why she believes that the amnesty is fair.

For the president of the Constitutional Guarantees Commission, Fernando Cabascango, the objective is to fight against the criminalization of protest. Meanwhile, Mario Ruiz, assemblyman for Pachakutik, said that the amnesties “are not only for the innocent.”

Dr. Ángela Porras, trial lawyer, says that the slowness of the Prosecutor’s Office could be responsible for leaving the facts unpunished for not achieving a sentence in more than two years; but not the fact that the accused obtain an amnesty because they have not been sentenced and, while that does not happen, the presumption of innocence prevails.

Correistas are among those involved

amnesty applicants

Involved in violent acts of October 2019
Paola Pabon Rebellion (Art. 336 COIP)
Christian Gonzalez Rebellion (Art. 336 COIP)
Virgil Hernandez Rebellion (Art. 336 COIP)
James Vargas Kidnapping (Art. 161 COIP)

Terrorism (Art. 366 COIP)

Instigation (Art. 363 COIP)

Subversive Groups (Art. 349)

Acts of Hate (Art. 345 COIP)

Leonidas Isa Kidnapping (Art. 161 COIP)

Terrorism (Art. 366 COIP)

Instigation (Art. 363 COIP)

Subversive Groups (Art. 349)

Damage to someone else’s property (Art. 204 COIP)

Marlon Vargas Subversive Groups (Art. 349)

Assembly will analyze amnesty for protagonists of October 2019

In the list of petitioners there are also indigenous people accused of burning the Comptroller

Gisella Saldana

Jairo Quindagalle

Ronald Pucachaqui

Franklin Giovanni Aucancella

second stick

Yankuam Naikiai

Danny Flores

Edwin Chicaiza

Lenin Yumbai

Luis Munoz

Washington Ampush

Edison Rochina

alexis mullo

william fernandez

Bryan Lita

Christian Bonilla

Darwin Suntaxi

Johnny Teran

Luis Fernando Vizcaino

Nelson Caillagua

Angel Chacha

Jose Gabriel Tonato

Fabian Toaquiza

Luis Martinez

Jose Miguel Arroyo

Klever Tene

Manuel Guerrero

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