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Ecuador’s president, protest leaders in talks to end deadly violence

A large group of indigenous peoples protested against cuts in subsidies for talks with President Lenin Moreno recently ordered a curfew in the capital, Quito, after urban violence.

Riot police surround the building of Ecuador's inspectors destroyed in protests against austerity measures by President Ecuador President Lenin Moreno in Quito, Ecuador on October 13, 2019.

Riot police surround the building of Ecuador's inspectors destroyed in protests against austerity measures by President Ecuador President Lenin Moreno in Quito, Ecuador on October 13, 2019.
(Reuters)

Aboriginal leaders and President Ecuador prepared for a face-to-face talk after nearly two weeks of violent street demonstrations on austerity measures aimed at obtaining billions of dollars in loans from the IMF on Sunday.

As the two sides prepared for negotiations in the afternoon, one Aboriginal leader said protesters who converged from far away would stay in the capital Quito until some agreement was reached on painful reforms such as the doubling of some fuel prices.

Salvador Quishpe of the group of indigenous umbrellas called CONAIE said, “Not only leaders but also rankings and files – and we will stay until there is a solution.

Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian military announced that it would partly reduce curfew on the capital of the Quito Plateau by 8:00 am Monday (0100 GMT), but said it would continue to limit movement in some areas of the northern part of the city.

The ROK Joint Command added a statement that it would ensure the safety of Aboriginal leaders who will participate in the first round of talks.

Hundreds of wounded

Authorities say six people were killed and 2,100 wounded or detained in a 12-day protest.

On Saturday, protesters set fire to the Director General's office for TV stations and newspapers.

President Lenin Moreno declared the curfew and put the city under military control to prevent anxiety.

On Sunday, police disperse a group of protesters who attempted to build barricades with debris from Saturday violence.

In the center of a crisis

In early October, a crisis broke out in early October after the Moreno government ordered a cut in fuel subsidies with a government contract to get a $ 4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

CONAIE previously declined to offer a talk but canceled the lecture on Saturday and said the talks will focus on "repealing or amending the law", where consumers pay more than twice as much fuel.

"Our hope is that God willingly hopes that today we can sit, talk and finish all of this," said Quishpe, a former governor of the Amazon province.

Ecuadorian indigenous groups make up a quarter of the country's 17.3 million people.

Thousands of people from disadvantaged communities in the Amazon and the Andes continue to visit Quito to continue asking for grants.

Source: AFP

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