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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ecuador Indigenous Peoples for Changes

Ecuador Indigenous Peoples for Changes

Quito, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador needs a deep change in its power structures and redistribution of its resources, to guarantee the rights of all nationalities, leader of the indigenous movement Luis Macas asserted on Tuesday.

The Ecuadorian State nature has to start changing and reforms have to be in depth, said Macas, president of the CONAIE, Ecuadorian Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities.

After ratifying support to a Constituent Assembly with full power, he was in favor of recognizing the diversity of identities that have coexisted in this Andean nation for thousands of years.

He told Prensa Latina "the economic axis has to do with nationalization of natural resources and production reactivation, which logically has to start by redistributing the means of production."

The indigenous leader said the indigenous people will be paying attention, in their communities and country, to the development of the Constituent Assembly, which will elaborate a new Constitution to change the national political-economic model.

He warned that papering over the cracks or retouching will not be allowed, because the country needs changes to boost an agrarian reform that allows a true reactivation of production.

Thus, he demanded that the assembly members discuss a new redistribution of the land, and that food sovereignty is guaranteed.

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