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Ecuador: Riot police fire tear gas at protesters in Quito

Ecuador, Quito
October 04, 2019 at 14:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Riot police used tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters in downtown Quito on Thursday.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno ordered a national state of emergency after protesters set up roadblocks with widespread reports of rioting and looting.

Demonstrations along main roads were called by the transport sector, which rejects the current economic direction promoted by the government, including the ending of state fuel subsidies.

Around 200 people were reportedly detained in the protests, most of them in the coastal city of Guayaquil.

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Riot police used tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters in downtown Quito on Thursday.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno ordered a national state of emergency after protesters set up roadblocks with widespread reports of rioting and looting.

Demonstrations along main roads were called by the transport sector, which rejects the current economic direction promoted by the government, including the ending of state fuel subsidies.

Around 200 people were reportedly detained in the protests, most of them in the coastal city of Guayaquil.

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