Tens of thousands of people took part in an anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador, one of two opposing marches marking the traditional international workers holiday. A large pro-government May Day rally also took place simultaneously.
May Day in Quito Part II: Thousands join anti-Government Holiday Parade
As I mentioned yesterday, politics is complicated in Ecuador these days.
There were two opposing parades and marches yesterday to mark the international workers’ holiday; one ostensibly organized by supporters of President Rafael Correa and his Alianza Pais party, and another by a loose knit association of opposition labor, civil society and student groups.
Both attracted several thousand people and I walked alongside both. The latter appeared to be better-attended, with participants out-numbering the anti-government demonstration on March 19 that largely followed the same route. The parade routes were different –the Correa march began in a neighborhood south of the city center and the opposition to the north, with both converging in the historical center in large squares five blocks apart. Police made sure the separation was maintained and respected, which for the most part it was. Unlike the March 19 event during which some minor clashes were reported and about a dozen demonstrators arrested, no violence, incidents or arrests were reported.
I’m working on a longer piece on the day’s activities and the complicated political scene in Ecuador, which I’m planning to post sometime next week.
Here are 22 images from the opposition march; coverage of the pro-Correa march and parade is here and here. For licensing and editorial use, please check out my images filed for Corbis and Demotix.