- Title: Riot police move in against protesters in restive Ecuador
- Date: 8th October 2019
- Summary: QUITO, ECUADOR (OCTOBER 8, 2019) (REUTERS) RIOT POLICE BEHIND ARMOURED VEHICLE THAT IS MOVING TOWARDS PROTESTERS, OFFICERS FIRING TEAR GAS CANISTERS, ARMOURED VEHICLE REVERSING AND FIREBALLS THROWN BY PROTESTERS HIT VEHICLE PROTESTERS AMONGST SMOKE FROM TEAR GAS RIOT POLICE ON STREET, PROTESTERS IN THE BACKGROUND AND TEAR GAS SMOKE IN THE AIR, PROTESTERS IN THE BACKGROUND THROWING ROCKS AT POLICE, OFFICERS FIRING TEAR GAS CANISTERS IN DIRECTION OF PROTESTERS POLICE ON HORSEBACK ON DUTY NEAR PROTEST SITE PROTESTERS OUT ON STREET POLICE ON HORSEBACK ON STREET OFFICERS ON DUTY
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2019 23:37
- Keywords: Ecuador protests Quito riot police protesters President Lenin Moreno
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001B08O0G7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: LIVE-U QUALITY. MONITOR FOR UPDATES.
Riot police faced off against masked protesters in Quito on Tuesday (October 8), as tensions over anti-austerity protests threaten to spill over in Ecuador.
Following tactics that have toppled past governments, thousands of indigenous demonstrators flooded the highland capital. The violent protests have pushed President Lenin Moreno's government out of Quito and brought hundreds of arrests.
Riot police used tear gas against protesters. Demonstrators responded by setting up street barricades and throwing objects at officers.
Facing the biggest challenge yet to his 2-1/2-year rule, President Lenin Moreno has declared a state of emergency and relocated government operations to the coastal city of Guayaquil where there has been less trouble.
Protests erupted last week when the government cut fuel subsidies as part of a package of economic reforms, in keeping with a $4.2 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
(Production: Alberto Fajardo, Geraldine Downer)
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