- Title: Protesters roll flaming tires at Ecuadorean police in Quito
- Date: 9th October 2019
- Summary: QUITO, ECUADOR (OCTOBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS) TOP VIEW OF PROTESTERS ROLLING FIRST TIRE ON FIRE TOWARD POLICE VIEW UP HILL AS SECOND TIRE ON FIRE COMES ROLLING DOWN TOWARD POLICE PROTESTERS RUNNING FROM TEAR GAS CANISTER, THEN RUNNING BACK, THROWING TEAR GAS CANISTER TOWARD POLICE AND ANOTHER PROTESTER PICKS UP THIRD BURNING TIRE AND ROLLS IT DOWN THE STREET TOWARD POLICE ANTI-RIOT POLICE STANDING AT THE OTHER END OF THE STREET GENERAL VIEW OF LARGE CROWD OF PROTESTERS GATHERED AT THE TOP OF THE STREET
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2019 20:04
- Keywords: Ecuador protests fuel crisis burning tires
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Topics: Editors' Choice
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Ecuadorean protesters held a national strike and clashed with security forces on Wednesday (October 9) after President Lenin Moreno refused to step down or overturn anti-austerity measures that have triggered the worst unrest in a decade.
Protesters in Quito's colonial district continued clashing with police, at one point, rolling at least three burning tires toward authorities.
Businesses were closed from early in Quito and other cities during the shutdown, in Latin America's latest flare-up over unpopular structural reforms.
Security forces fired tear gas to break up hundreds of protesters marching near the presidential palace in downtown Quito, the highland capital.
Violent demonstrations erupted in the Andean nation of 17 million people a week ago when Moreno cut fuel subsidies as part of a package of measures in line with a $4.2 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
The main indigenous group CONAIE, which has mobilized some 6,000 members to Quito from outlying areas, said Moreno's government was behaving like a "military dictatorship" by declaring a state of emergency and setting an overnight curfew.
(Production: Alberto Fajardo, Guillermo Garcia)
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