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Ecuador: Indigenous communities march to Quito in 'March of democracy'02:15

Ecuador: Indigenous communities march to Quito in 'March of democracy'

Ecuador, Latacunga
February 23, 2021 at 10:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ecuadorian presidential candidate and indigenous leader, Carlos 'Yaku' Perez, were seen marching to the beat of Andean music through the streets of Latacunga on Tuesday. Alongside hundreds of his supporters they marched all the way from Loja, arriving in Quito on Tuesday, on a trip totalling almost 800 kilometres (497 miles).

Supporters were seen peacefully marching, performing traditional dances, and holding the multi-coloured flag that symbolises indigenous identity in the Andes.

The 'National March for Democracy,' as it was named, initiated as a stand against the electoral results that pushed 'Yaku' Perez out of the runoff voting in April. Perez alleged that the election on February 7th was fraudulent.

"I am going to Quito, listening to our people and demanding transparency, demanding democracy, to stop the fraud. Do not steal from us," said Perez while passing through Latacunga.

Ecuador's National Electoral Council announced that the indigenous leader lost to right-wing ex-banker candidate Guillermo Lasso Mendoza. Mendoza came second in the first round of the presidential elections by 0.25 percent of the votes. Lasso had 19.70 percent against Perez's 19.45.

Ecuador: Indigenous communities march to Quito in 'March of democracy'02:15
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Ecuadorian presidential candidate and indigenous leader, Carlos 'Yaku' Perez, were seen marching to the beat of Andean music through the streets of Latacunga on Tuesday. Alongside hundreds of his supporters they marched all the way from Loja, arriving in Quito on Tuesday, on a trip totalling almost 800 kilometres (497 miles).

Supporters were seen peacefully marching, performing traditional dances, and holding the multi-coloured flag that symbolises indigenous identity in the Andes.

The 'National March for Democracy,' as it was named, initiated as a stand against the electoral results that pushed 'Yaku' Perez out of the runoff voting in April. Perez alleged that the election on February 7th was fraudulent.

"I am going to Quito, listening to our people and demanding transparency, demanding democracy, to stop the fraud. Do not steal from us," said Perez while passing through Latacunga.

Ecuador's National Electoral Council announced that the indigenous leader lost to right-wing ex-banker candidate Guillermo Lasso Mendoza. Mendoza came second in the first round of the presidential elections by 0.25 percent of the votes. Lasso had 19.70 percent against Perez's 19.45.