- Title: Indigenous protesters hitch rides to Quito to protest Ecuador's fuel price hike
- Date: 7th October 2019
- Summary: MACHACHI, ECUADOR (OCTOBER 07, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS SITTING ON TOP OF TRUCK AND SAYING ANTI-MORENO CHANT PROTESTERS GATHERED ON THE BACK OF VEHICLES EN ROUTE TO QUITO MILITARY VEHICLE DRIVING AWAY FROM GATHERED PROTESTERS, TEAR GAS CANISTER SHOP FROM BACK OF MILITARY VEHICLE PROTESTERS GATHERED NEAR TEAR GAS PROTESTERS ON BACK OF VEHICLE DRIVING AWAY FROM TEAR GAS SMOKE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANONYMOUS PROTESTER, SAYING: "The idea is for the measures to be reversed, they (reforms) are against the people, against everyday people, against the working class. We are the people, the people need to defend the people." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS ON BACKS OF VEHICLES AND HEADING TO QUITO SOLDIERS ON DUTY AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS STEPPING OFF MILITARY VEHICLE SOLDIERS GATHERED AT SIDE OF ROAD
- Embargoed: 21st October 2019 20:49
- Keywords: protest indigenous Quito Ecuador reforms fuel price hike President Lenin Moreno
- Location: MACHACHI, ECUADOR
- City: MACHACHI, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001B03NKUF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Indigenous protesters hitched rides to the Ecuadoran capital of Quito on Monday (October 07) in a show of public anger over President Lenin Moreno's austerity measures that cut fuel subsidies.
On the outskirts of Quito in the town of Machachi, hundreds of protesters passed through, vowing to stay put in the capital until the price of petrol goes down.
Tense stand offs between protesters and soldiers on duty were reported. Reuters captured the moment police drove away from a group of protesters, firing tear gas into the air.
Ecuadoreans are angry that consumer prices have risen sharply as a knock-on effect of Moreno's abolition of fuel subsidies, which has also triggered the nation's worst unrest in more than a decade.
The 66-year-old Moreno won the 2017 election and has set the oil-producing nation on a centrist track after years of socialist rule under predecessor Rafael Correa.
(Production: Cristina Munoz, Paul Vieira)
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