On 3 October, following the implementation of a series of economic reforms announced earlier by the Ecuadorian government, including a measure to eliminate decades-long fuel subsidies, violent protests erupted nationwide, with taxi, bus and truck drivers blocking roads and bridges and clashing with police in Quito.
According to Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, the country could no longer afford the public subsidies and claimed that cuts could help save some $2.27 billion a year. Additionally, the cuts were part of the Ecuadorian government's austerity deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be eligible for a $4.2 billion loan.
As a result of the unrest, Moreno declared a two-month state of emergency in the nation, allowing the government to mobilize security forces and invoke extraordinary measures.
The Organization of American States (OAS) condemned the violence during the protests in Ecuador and called on the parties to settle their differences via dialogue.
Ecuadorian authorities earlier on Sunday temporarily lifted a curfew imposed amid ongoing protests in the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The number of people, who were killed in the wave of ongoing protests in Ecuador, has risen to seven, while 1,340 more were injured, the ombudsman’s office said. According to earlier reports, five people were killed in the protests.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The restriction on movement of people in the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito amid ongoing protests has been temporarily halted, the command of the Ecuadorian Armed Forces said in a statement on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno accused his predecessor Rafael Correa and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro of "directing" the violence in Quito.
Late on Saturday, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno pledged to assess a decree that had ended fuel subsidies and to study the consequences of the controversial bill more closely to ensure the law could benefit local communities.
Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has shared with Sputnik his impressions of events taking place in Ecuador, where people have taken to the streets to express their anger with the economic policies of President Lenín Moreno, who, in turn, has accused Correa of inciting the masses to riot.
Ongoing violent protests in Ecuador over the last week have prompted President Lenin Moreno to declare a state of emergency and move the government headquarters from the capital of Quito to the city of Guayaquil.
Ecuador has seen mass unrest since early October after President Lenin Moreno proposed austerity measures introduced as economic reforms as a condition of receiving a bailout loan package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Earlier, Quito's Mayor Jorge Yunda Machado made an announcement that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno would reconsider his decree cancelling the fuel subsidies that first caused the mass protests.
Unrest erupted across Ecuador earlier this month after President Lenin Moreno imposed austerity measures, the most severe of which was the suspension of fuel subsidies, in accordance with an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to receive a $4.2 billion loan.
QUITO (Sputnik) - Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno called on leaders of indigenous communities, involved in the ongoing protests against his economic policies to discuss a decree that has sparked the unrest.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The leader of the indigenous group at the centre of unrest in Ecuador presented eight captive police officers on Thursday, El Comercio newspaper reported.
Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno has relocated the nation's government to Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city and a business centre, located about 250 kilometres southwest of the country's capital Quito) amid riots that swept through the country's capital.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Organization of American States (OAS) condemned on Tuesday the violence during the protests in Ecuador and called on all the involved parties to settle their differences via dialogue.
Violent rallies erupted in the South American country last week over austerity measures introduced by Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, who is reportedly seeking to ink an aid deal with the International Monetary Fund (INF) in a bid to overhaul the country's debt.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An RT correspondent and an operator suffered injuries during coverage of anti-austerity protests in Ecuador, the broadcaster said in a statement on Monday.
Mass protests erupted in Ecuador last week as thousands rallied across the country against government economic reforms, specifically a decision to end decades-long fuel public subsidies.
SAO LUIS (Sputnik) – Ecuador’s transport organizations have ended their strike against the authorities’ decision to scrap fuel subsidies, which left the country nearly paralyzed for two days, El Comercio news outlet reported, adding that the companies voiced their demands to the authorities.
Mass protests erupted in Ecuador Thursday as thousands rallied across the country against the government's economic reforms, namely the decision to curb decades-old fuel subsidies.
MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) - The number of people detained during protests in Ecuador, which have erupted in response to the government's decision to cancel fuel subsidies, has reached 350, Ecuadorian Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said on Friday.