- Title: Ecuadoran protesters, riot police face off with tear gas and rocks
- Date: 12th October 2019
- Summary: QUITO, ECUADOR (OCTOBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS) COUNTDOWN ON STREET FOR LAUNCH OF TEAR CANISTER, TEAR GAS SMOKE IN THE AIR NEAR PROTESTERS PROTESTERS RUNNING FROM TEAR GAS PROTESTER PICKING UP TEAR GAS CANISTER AS OTHERS RUN, PROTESTER ON MOTORBIKE WITH MAKESHIFT FLAG TO MARK THAT IT'S OPERATING AS A PARAMEDIC SERVICE PROTESTERS NEAR PILE SET ON FIRE PROTESTERS RUNNING PROTESTERS PUTTING BURNING TYRE ON BARRICADE IN STREET PROTESTERS OUT ON STREET, PROTESTER THROWING TEAR GAS CANISTER IN DIRECTION OF POLICE MAKESHIFT BARRICADE SET UP ON ROAD BY PROTESTERS PROTESTER THROWING TEAR GAS CANISTER IN DIRECTION OF POLICE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, WESLEY ANCHATIPAN, SAYING: "We were exercising our right to resist outside of the National Assembly when the National Police repressed us by using violence. (Tear gas canisters) were thrown at us for no reason, the elderly and women were affected. We hold the police and the murderous government of (President) Lenin Moreno as directly responsible for the deaths that have occurred." PROTESTERS OUT ON ROAD, TEAR GAS BEING LAUNCHED IN THE BACKGROUND FAMILY WITH MOUTH MASKS WAITING OUT PROTEST AT SIDE OF STREET AS TEAR GAS IS FIRED RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY TEAR GAS HELPING EACH OTHER RESIDENTS WAITING AGAINST BUILDING AFTER BEING AFFECTED BY TEAR GAS WOMAN AFFECTED BY TEAR GAS BEING HELPED OFF BACK OF PICK-UP TRUCK ARMOURED VEHICLE AND POLICE ON ROAD AMIDST SMOKE FROM TEAR GAS AND DEBRIS ON ROAD
- Embargoed: 26th October 2019 01:19
- Keywords: protests Ecuador riot police Quito President Lenin Moreno
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0NO4LJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Protesters hurled rocks at riot police using tear gas in the Ecuadoran capital of Quito on Friday (October 11), amidst rising public anger over the austerity measures of President Lenin Moreno.
Police sought to dislodge protesters who had set up fiery blockades on the capital's streets. At least four protesters have died in the unrest in Ecuador and hundreds have been wounded and arrested.
The unrest has led President Lenin Moreno's government to flee the capital for a safer city on the coast and curbed nearly 900,000 barrels of crude production in the OPEC-member nation.
Moreno has repeatedly refused to reinstate a four-decade old fuel subsidy, the chief demand of protesters who say its removal disproportionately punishes the poor.
Moreno announced the measure as parts of his efforts to reduce the country's fiscal deficit, in keeping with a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). But opponents say it has pushed up prices of many consumer goods and will increase inequality in the South American country of 17 million people.
(Production: Miguel Lo Bianco, Juan Bustamante, Horacio Soria)
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