For this reason we have come all the way to Quito, to demand that our right to life be respected. We demand:
When we went to the offices of Maxus to give them our demands, they refused to receive us and instead called the police to force us to leave. They agreed to meet with indigenous leaders of CONAIE, CONFENIAE, and ONHAE only when we took their public relations person, Roxana Fayeta, who has taken on the job of trying to divide our people.
Later we attended an audience given to us by the President of the Congress, the Engineer Carlos Vallejo, who, after having us wait for over two hours, received us and offered his support but nothing more specific.
We are here and we will not leave until our demands are met. We did not come to usurp anything, the way that MAXUS is in our territory.
We desire that our lives be respected. We desire to stay in our territory the way we always have lived: we are protecting the environment for the good of all Ecuadorians and the world. We hope that our demands will be addressed. We ask for the solidarity of the Ecuadorian people in our just cause, because in demanding our rights, we are demanding the rights of all Ecuadorians.
LUIS MACAS VALERIO GREFA PRESIDENTE CONAIE PRESIDENTE CONFENIAE JOSE JACINTO GUAMAN NANTO HUAMONI SECRETARIO GRAL. ECUARUNARI PRESIDENTE ONHAE(Posted to Native-l on Oct 29, 1992 by ccc@conaie)