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Letras Verdes, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales

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ORTIZ CRESPO, Santiago. Demonstration for the water, the life and the dignity of the people. Letras Verdes [online]. 2016, n.19, pp.45-66. ISSN 1390-6631.

This article analyses the demonstration which took place in ten provinces of Ecuador between the 8th and 21st March 2012. It inquires whether this social protest positioned in the political arena a criticism towards mining production and if it constituted a turning point in the reflux cycle of social movements since the beginning of the century. The answer for the first question is no. Conversely, regarding the second one, the article suggests that the demonstration reveals a transformation in the nature of social movements. The article summarizes a large study which examines documentary sources (audiovisual material, interviews and analysis of discourse of President Rafael Correa). The theoretical orientation retakes the repertoire analysis approach, inspired by the theory of the structure of political opportunities.

Keywords : movements; Citizen’s Revolution; water; mining..

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