- Title: Protest anger soars in Quito as Ecuador's Moreno stays firm on fuel price hike
- Date: 8th October 2019
- Summary: QUITO, ECUADOR (OCTOBER 08, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS GATHERED OUTSIDE ECUADOR'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2019 20:25
- Keywords: economic measures Ecuador tear gas violence protests Quito protesters indigenous groups Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno
- Location: QUITO & GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO & GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA005B08MYIV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Protests reached fever point in capital Quito on Tuesday (October 08) as protesters clashed clashed with police near the heavily guarded National Assembly.
Ecuador's government sought foreign mediation via the United Nations or the Catholic Church, after almost a week of anti-austerity protests that have forced the government to move from the capital and brought hundreds of arrests.
Thousands of indigenous demonstrators have converged on the highland capital, Quito, and clashed with police near the heavily guarded National Assembly.
Facing the biggest challenge to his two-and-a-half-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.
Officials say the number of arrests has risen to 570.
Moreno has accused the leftist Correa, his one-time mentor and boss when he was vice president, of seeking a coup with the help of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.
Moreno had enthusiastically backed Correa during his decade-long rule but broke with him after winning a 2017 election to succeed him, and moved economic policies to the right.
(Production: Alberto Fajardo, Geraldine Downer)
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