Ecuadoreans hold a protest against President Lenin Moreno government’s measure to end the subsidies on fuel prices [Daniel Tapia/Reuters]
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno declared a state of emergency on Thursday as protests broke out across the country over the end of decades-old fuel subsidies as part of a two-billion-dollar government fiscal reform package.
“Down with the package!” protesters shouted, referring to measures enacted this week as Moreno sets the Andean oil producer on a centrist path after years of leftist rule.
With the fuel measure taking effect on Thursday, taxi, bus and truck drivers blocked streets in the highland capital Quito and in Guayaquil on the Pacific coast, while bus stations were closed. Indigenous groups, students and unions joined the action, blocking roads