After more than a week of protests and clashes in Ecuador, protest leaders agreed on Saturday to negotiate directly with President Lenin Moreno.
The dialogue announcement comes on the tenth day of demonstrations and on a Saturday when the road to the capital's Quito airport was cut off.
After indigenous leaders agreed to talk to the President, Quito Mayor Jorge Yunda revealed that the government will “analyze” the fuel subsidy cut that is causing the riots.
After the protesters agreed to negotiate, President Lenin Moreno ordered a curfew on Saturday and deployed the military to the streets of Quito.
In a message posted on Twitter, Lenin Moreno announced the reinforcement of security from 15h00 local (21h00 Lisbon).
“It will facilitate the performance of the public force against intolerable excesses of unacceptable violence,” wrote the head of state.
As a result of recent clashes in Ecuador, at least four people were killed and hundreds were detained or hospitalized.
Austerity measures, which have boosted the price of gasoline and diesel, aim to reduce the country's deficit, which recently reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a € 3.8 billion loan.
(news updated at 21h01)
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