- Title: Protesters face off with police in Ecuador as anger mounts over economic reform
- Date: 3rd October 2019
- Summary: QUITO, ECUADOR (OCTOBER 3, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS RUNNING AMIDST TEAR GAS BURNING BARRICADE NEAR PROTESTERS POLICE OFFICERS ON STREET, OFFICER LAUNCHING TEAR GAS CANISTER PROTESTERS RUNNING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS OUT ON STREET TYRES ON STREET FOR BARRICADE PROTESTERS OUT ON STREET, SHOT OF TEAR GAS CANISTER IN THE AREA AND PROTESTERS THROWING OBJECTS SMOKE FROM TEAR GAS IN THE AIR
- Embargoed: 17th October 2019 23:09
- Keywords: Ecuador tear gas economic reforms fuel protests President Lenin Moreno subsidies riot police gas Quito
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR / INTERNET
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR / INTERNET
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZJOH8N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL ORIGINALLY 4:3
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno declared a state of emergency on Thursday (October 3) as nationwide protests broke out over the end of decades-old fuel subsidies in a government fiscal reform package worth more than $2 billion a year.
As the fuel measure came into effect on Thursday, protesters set barricades alight and threw rocks at riot police on duty. Officers responded by using tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Moreno, who won election in 2017 to replace Rafael Correa, told reporters the "perverse" fuel subsidy, in place for 40 years, had distorted the economy and protests would not be allowed to paralyse Ecuador.
The government wants to reduce the fiscal deficit from an estimated $3.6 billion this year to under $1 billion in 2020.
Ecuador's debt grew under Correa, who endorsed Moreno in the 2017 election but has since become a critic of his successor's turn toward more market-friendly economic policies.
Moreno's government reached a $4.2 billion deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in February. But scepticism of the IMF runs strong in Ecuador and throughout Latin America, where many blame austerity policies for economic hardship.
(Production: Cristina Munoz)
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