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Friday, October 03, 2008

New Ecuador Constitution Backers End Campaign

Quito, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Indigenous people from the Sierra region and the Ecuadorian Confederation of Women for a Change are holding rallies on Tuesday to close the campaign in favor of the new National Constitution.

Summoned by the Ecuadorian Confederation of Kichwas People (ECUARUNARI), the indigenous people and members of social sectors would perform a huge march in the city of Guaranda, capital of the Bolivar province, to support the new constitutional bill.

ECUARUNARI Chair Humberto Cholango said the march would be performed by those in favor of the change, who will walk the city's streets and close their campaign.

He said he would be on Thursday in the city of Riobamba, in Chimborazo province, together with social sectors and the indigenous people from that place, to hold a huge rally in support of the yes option in the referendum to be held on Sunday.

Simultaneously, there will be another rally in the city of Latacunga, capital of the Cotopaxi province, organized by the Indigenous and Farmer Movement of that area, he said.

Cholango also said it is time to say enough to the oligarchy, which is trying to create confusion a keep lying to the Ecuadorian people.

The new constitutional bill is the result of permanent struggles, and its proposals have emerged from the communities and the people, he asserted.

Thus, we all should go to the polls happily on Sunday 28 to bury neoliberalism.

Besides, the indigenous people, the Ecuadorian Confederation of Women for a Change will hold a forum on Tuesday, attended by members of the Constituent Assembly, which is currently in a break.

In the meeting, which will be held at the Auditorium of the Economic Science Hall of Ecuador's Central University, support to the new Constitution, which defends the rights of this Andean nation's women.

In this context, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is visiting on Tuesday the city of Guayaquil to open works and encourage the citizenry to vote "yes" on Sunday, September 28.

The president stated that the vote on Sunday is the most important to the country, because it would mean, if the "yes" wins, defeat of the oligarchic powers, and the beginning of a new Ecuador.

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