- Title: Ecuadoreans rally for peace in Guayaquil
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR (OCTOBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS) LARGE CROWD GATHERED FOR 'WHITE MARCH' TO OPPOSE VIOLENT PROTESTS VARIOUS, MAYOR OF GUAYAQUIL, CYNTHIA VITERI, (LIGHT BLUE SHIRT) MAKING HER WAY THROUGH CROWD VARIOUS, PEOPLE WAVING BLUE AND WHITE FLAG SECURITY OFFICIAL OFFICER LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GUAYAQUIL RESIDENT, DIANA GONZALEZ, SAYING: "We're here to defend the rights of peace. To say: enough already, enough with the strike, let's come to a consensus, let's understand one another, and no more." VITERI SPEAKING RALLY CROWD WITH VITERI ON STAGE WOMAN WAVING FLAG CROWD OF PEOPLE WAVING FLAGS MAN AT RALLY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GUAYAQUIL RESIDENT, DENIS MARIN, SAYING: "Guayaquil has shown in an emphatic way that it is tired of these acts of vandalism that are being encouraged throughout the country. (Guayaquil) says enough, no more. Guayaquil wants work and progress." SECURITY AGENTS IN RIOT GEAR MAN AT RALLY OFFICIALS ON STAGE AT RALLY
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 01:49
- Keywords: Ecuador protests Lenin Moreno economic measures rally mayor
- Location: GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR
- City: GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0DOXFR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Residents of Ecuador's port city of Guayaquil gathered for a 'White March' on Wednesday (October 9) to call for peace in the Andean country currently wracked by violent protests.
Rally attendee Diana Gonzalez said, "we're here to defend the rights of peace. To say: enough already, enough with the strike, let's come to a consensus, let's understand one another, and no more."
Earlier Wednesday, authorities clashed with protesters in Guayaquil in what has turned into Latin America's latest flare-up over unpopular structural reforms.
Violent demonstrations erupted in the Andean nation of 17 million people a week ago when Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno cut fuel subsidies as part of a package of measures in line with a $4.2 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
Moreno has support from the business elite and the military appears to remain loyal, but his popularity is less than half of what it was two years ago and Ecuadoreans are mindful that indigenous protests helped topple three presidents in recent decades.
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