Protesters ransack govt buildings in Ecuador’s Quito as mayor claims Moreno will RECONSIDER anti-austerity policies

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After another day of unrest in Ecuador’s capital Quito, which saw protestors blocking roads and breaking into government buildings, Moreno agreed to reconsider the controversial cancellation of fuel subsidiaries.

Due to “the complexity of the situation,” Moreno will take another look at Decree 883, which enraged the people so much, Quito Mayor, Jorge Yunda Machado, announced on Twitter.

The president also offered the protest leaders to begin talks to settle the crisis and they accepted the invitation.

But besides proposing dialogue, Moreno also announced that he’s introducing a curfew and “militarization” of Quito, starting 8pm GMT.

Footage from Quito on Saturday resembled a war zone, with barricades, fires and plumes of tear gas fired by the police at the raging crowds. 

Live feed by RT’s video agency Ruptly showed thick smoke in the air and crowds of people rioting, as sounds of explosions frequently rocked the streets.

The protesters, mainly represented by Ecuador’s indigenous people, set the Comptroller General’s Office on fire and ravaged the parliament building, breaking the windows and throwing furniture into the street. The demonstrators also blocked all roads leading to Quito International Airport.

The administrative buildings overtaken by the protesters were empty as Moreno already moved the government to the city of Guayaquil, located 250 kilometers south-west of Quito.

It was the tenth straight day of unrest in the capital, which broke out after the government announced austerity measures as part of the $4.2 billion loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The suspension on fuel subsidies saw gasoline price spiking from $1.85 to $2.39 per gallon, while the diesel process went up a staggering 123 per cent – from $1.03 to $2.29. 

Moreno was previously reluctant to reconsider the harsh measures and blamed former president, Rafael Correa, and his ally, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, of masterminding the demonstrations.

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