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Ecuador: Indigenous activists block roads to protest Moreno's economic package

Ecuador, Quito
October 07, 2019 at 23:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Indigenous activists blocked several streets in Quito on Monday, demonstrating their rejection of the economic package announced by Lenin Moreno’s government.

Footage shows the activists from indigenous communities in the Guangopolo area east of Quito blocking roads with rocks, stones, tree trunks and barricades.

"Our comrades are coming from the south, from the north, from the centre; from the east and, [with them] comes the seizure of Quito. Comrades and [I give you] a suggestion, get water and food supplies," said indigenous leader Sebastián Correa, adding, “we are willing to give our life.”

Streets surrounding the civic centre of the locality also remain without commercial activity, blocked off by fences and barbed wire. National authorities are reportedly carrying out various operations to ensure the supply of basic necessities across the country.

Ecuador is experiencing a wave of protests triggered by the announcement of the so-called 'paquetazo', a series of economic adjustment measures including the elimination of fuel subsidies. These measures, which are set to increase gasoline prices, reduce the salaries of public employees and raise taxes for some companies, have been met by protests across Ecuador. President Moreno has declared a 60-day state of emergency.

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Indigenous activists blocked several streets in Quito on Monday, demonstrating their rejection of the economic package announced by Lenin Moreno’s government.

Footage shows the activists from indigenous communities in the Guangopolo area east of Quito blocking roads with rocks, stones, tree trunks and barricades.

"Our comrades are coming from the south, from the north, from the centre; from the east and, [with them] comes the seizure of Quito. Comrades and [I give you] a suggestion, get water and food supplies," said indigenous leader Sebastián Correa, adding, “we are willing to give our life.”

Streets surrounding the civic centre of the locality also remain without commercial activity, blocked off by fences and barbed wire. National authorities are reportedly carrying out various operations to ensure the supply of basic necessities across the country.

Ecuador is experiencing a wave of protests triggered by the announcement of the so-called 'paquetazo', a series of economic adjustment measures including the elimination of fuel subsidies. These measures, which are set to increase gasoline prices, reduce the salaries of public employees and raise taxes for some companies, have been met by protests across Ecuador. President Moreno has declared a 60-day state of emergency.

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