May Day in Quito Part II: Thousands join anti-Government Holiday Parade

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.

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.

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A woman beats on a drum with a sign that reads, "The Family Plan equals state violence" at an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
A woman beats on a drum with a sign that reads, “The Family Plan equals state violence” at an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Demonstrators chant and carry a banner which reads "For liberty and dignity of the people" at a large anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Demonstrators chant and carry a banner which reads “For liberty and dignity of the people” at a large anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
A woman swats a large tongue hanging from a caricature of Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa during an anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
A woman swats a large tongue hanging from a caricature of Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa during an anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
A man wearing a mask representing Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa participates in an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
A man wearing a mask representing Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa participates in an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Ecuadorean military veterans participate in a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador. A well-attended pro-government May Day rally also took place simultaneously.
Ecuadorean military veterans participate in a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador. A well-attended pro-government May Day rally also took place simultaneously.
Opposition union members carry a large red banner at an anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Opposition union members carry a large red banner at an anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Protesters carry a large caricature of Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa at an anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador.
Protesters carry a large caricature of Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa at an anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador.
A man carries a banner accusing Ecuador’s Alianza Pais party of corruption at a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador.
A man carries a banner accusing Ecuador’s Alianza Pais party of corruption at a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador.
A couple wears t-shirts protesting the possibility of indefinite reelections for Ecuadorean politicians at a large at a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador.
A couple wears t-shirts protesting the possibility of indefinite reelections for Ecuadorean politicians at a large at a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador.
A man holds a sign that reads “Democracy Yes, no to re-election” at a a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador. A well-attended pro-government May Day rally also took place.
A man holds a sign that reads “Democracy Yes, no to re-election” at a a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador. A well-attended pro-government May Day rally also took place.
A demonstrator pulls a large banner that depicts president Rafael Correa as a puppet during a large anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
A demonstrator pulls a large banner that depicts president Rafael Correa as a puppet during a large anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Members of a dance group perform during an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Members of a dance group perform during an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Members of an arts and culture workers' association march in an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Members of an arts and culture workers’ association march in an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
A demonstrator dressed as a clown lies between a caricature of a pig and a photo of Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa at an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito.
A demonstrator dressed as a clown lies between a caricature of a pig and a photo of Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa at an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito.
Demonstrators protesting oil drilling at Ecuador's Yasuni National Park participate in an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Demonstrators protesting oil drilling at Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park participate in an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Protesters carry a coffin with photos of political leaders that reads "Traitors of the homeland" at a large anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Protesters carry a coffin with photos of political leaders that reads “Traitors of the homeland” at a large anti-government May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador.
Anti-government demonstrators march by a police cordon during an opposition-organized May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador. A large pro-government May Day rally also took place simultaneously.
Anti-government demonstrators march by a police cordon during an opposition-organized May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador. A large pro-government May Day rally also took place simultaneously.
Demonstrators protest budget cuts to the national social security system at an anti-government May Day Rally in Quito, Ecuador.
Demonstrators protest budget cuts to the national social security system at an anti-government May Day Rally in Quito, Ecuador.
A man carries a sign that reads "End the dictatorship" qt an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador. A large pro-government May Day rally also took place simultaneously.
A man carries a sign that reads “End the dictatorship” qt an anti-government May Day Parade in Quito, Ecuador. A large pro-government May Day rally also took place simultaneously.
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A bicyclist blowing a horn holds a that reads “Democracy Yes, no to re-election” at a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador.
A bicyclist blowing a horn holds a that reads “Democracy Yes, no to re-election” at a large anti-government May Day rally in Quito, Ecuador.

 

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  1. lisa says

    the images aren’t loading, but i enjoyed reading the captions! i look forward to seeing so many i’ve missed…
    until i’m back in town,
    z

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