Ecuador imposes curfew as unrest worsens

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President of Ecuador Lenín Moreno has imposed a night curfew around government buildings after six days of nationwide violent protests triggered by the removal of fuel subsidy.

Last Thursday, Moreno said the subsidies, which cost the government $1.3bn annually, were no longer affordable.

The removal has seen petrol prices soar by more than 100%, and indigenous groups have since blocked roads and highways in the country to demand an end to austerity and the return of fuel subsidies.

Two people have died in the recent disturbances and dozens more have been injured.

The unrest has also forced President Lenín Moreno to move the government operations out of the capital.

The elimination of the subsidies which were introduced in the 1970s, is part of President Moreno’s plan to shore up Ecuador’s flagging economy and ease its debt burden.

As part of a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the government has also agreed to cut public spending.

 

 




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