Pope Francis calls for violence to be abandoned and dialogue to be embraced in Ecuador

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Pope Francis asked this Sunday (06.26.2022) all parties to abandon violence and extreme positions in Ecuador, where violent protests against the Government of Guillermo Lasso are taking place, and recalled that “only with dialogue can we achieve social peace”. Francisco expressed his concern about what is happening in Ecuador and his closeness to the Ecuadorian people, after the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square.

“I ask all parties to abandon violence and extreme positions. Only with dialogue can it be achieved, I hope for social peace soon, and with attention to the poorest marginal populations, but always respecting the rights of all and the country’s institutions”.

Ecuador has been protesting for more than 13 consecutive days against the cost of living and the economic policies of the Government of Guillermo Lasso, which have left several dead and injured. Participating in the protests are students, unions and the indigenous movement, who have staged an indefinite strike against the Government and are calling for the freezing of gasoline prices, and the control of the costs of consumer products, among other demands.