Friday March 14 the YASunidos, Davíd Mármol, was arrested by the presidential guards for having showed a ‘thumbs down’ to the presidential parade. After being dragged away from his fellow signature collectors and moved to a differnent location in Quito he was forced to apologize for having insulted the president.
As Mármol’s lawyer, Dr. Raúl Moscoso, stated today “showing your disagreement with someone is not an insult” which is why Mármol also refused to apologize on Friday despite successive intimadations from the officials.
3 to 4 minutes after his release from custody of the presidentials guards about 2 hours later he was attacked by 3 men in civilian and was both hit and kicked several times while lying on the ground.
This is just one of the cases of attacks that members of YASunidos has felt during the past week and a half. However, as Mármol stated today “we will continue the signature collection and we refuse to be intimidated and terrorized”!