Thousands March in Quito to Protest Correa Government’s Policies – a 30-Image Gallery

QUITO – Several thousand people marched through heavy rain in the Ecuadorian capital Quito on Thursday to protest a large slate of grievances against the government of President Rafael Correa. On that list is a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate term limits, the president’s included. Above, a protester standing in front of the 16th century Church of San Francisco holds a sign that reads, Indefinite re-election is indefinite corruption.

The demonstration in Quito was one of a dozen protests that took place across the country yesterday, an attempt to unify the disparate pockets of opposition to Correa, who has led Ecuador since January 2007.

Thousands march through rainy streets at a demonstration in Quito on March 19, 2015

Organized by a very loosely-knit coalition of indigenous, labor, student and environmental groups, the two-kilometer march, from the Parque el Ejido to Plaza San Francisco, was largely peaceful, although there were a few clashes reported between protesters and police after the demonstration. I didn’t witness any. The march began at about 4 pm and was scheduled to last until 8; I followed along and shot it from just after the start until about 7 pm.

Correa remains very popular among Ecuadorians, largely for the social programs his government has introduced and implemented through it’s so-called “citizen’s revolution”. One recent poll by the Madrid-based International Political Communications Association found that 79 percent of Ecuadorians view him favorably.

But he’s also widely criticized, both at home and abroad, for an increasing intolerance in recent years of criticism and dissent.

Thirty photos in all. All images © Bob Ramsak 2013-2015. All rights reserved. For editorial use, please check out the 22 images I filed for Demotix / Corbis. Or, simply get in touch. Enjoy!

A demonstrator in Quito wears a shirt protesting a proposed policy that would allow the indefinite re-elections of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa

Police blocking a street during a demonstration in Quito, March 19, 2015 02
Police carry shields that read, ‘I am a policeman and also a son, demonstrate peacefully’.

Police blocking a street during a demonstration in Quito, March 19, 2015 03 A protester carries a cross during a demonstration in Quito on March 19, 2015

A woman chanting during a demonstration in Quito

A caricture of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa during a demonstration in Quito on March 19, 2015

A protester at an anti-government demonstration in Quito on March 19, 2015

Protesters carrying a caricature of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa in Quito on Marh 19, 2015

A member of a folk dancing group at a demonstration in Quito on March 19, 2015
Making a splash. Members of a folk dance group on Calle Guayaquil.

 

Women watching protesters at a demonstration in Quito

Protesters at a demonstration in Quito, Ecuador on March 19, 2015

Police standing watch during a demonstration in Quito on March 19, 2015

Members of Colectivo Hip Hip Protesta at a demonstration in Quito on Mah 19, 2015 02
Members of Colectivo Hip Hop Protesta.

Members of Colectivo Hip Hip Protesta at a demonstration in Quito on Mah 19, 2015

Police blocking a street during a demonstration in Quito, March 19, 2015

A protester carrying a sign for CEOSL, the Ecuadorian Confederation of Free Labor Unions, at a demonstration against the policies of President Rafael Correa in Quito
CEOSL: the Ecuadorian Confederation of Free Labor Unions.

 

Protesters at a demonstration in Quito on 19 March 2015

Several thousand people participate in an anti-government demonstration in Quito on March 19, 2015

Rain poncho vendor at a demonstration in Quito, March 19, 2015
Rain poncho and umbrella peddlers had a very good day.

 

Protesters carrying banners at a demonstration in Quito

Police at a demonstration in Quito with the city's landmark Basilica in the background
In the background, the city’s landmark Basilica.

Police cordoning off a small square in Quito during an anti-government demonstration Police on hand during a demonstration in Quito

Members of a retail workers union at a demonstration in Quito on March 19,2015
Members of a retail workers’ confederation.
Residents watching protesters march during a demonstration in Quito, March 19, 2015
Resident watch as protesters pass.

Graffiti reading 'A lot of Police and little education' in Quito, Ecuador Anti-government graffiti in Quito A caricature of Ecuador's president Rafael Correa at a demonstration in Quito

 

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  1. lisa says

    i loved the first umbrella shot – nothing but umbrellas – wow… and i loved the men in the window with the red geraniums on the ledge. the cartoon of correa riding the tank of cooking gas was quite original as well. he won’t like that image!

    z

  2. Muza-chan says

    Interesting…

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  4. Lynne Mayhew says

    Was wondering if there was Police reaction to your taking pictures of them.

    1. Bob R says

      No, none at all — they seem quite used to it. It wasn’t particularly tense, but nonetheless I always keep a respectful distance. You can see in a few of the shots that they were taking pictures, too. 🙂

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