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[Published: Monday October 07 2019]

Ecuadorians block highways as protests continue

 
QUITO 7 Oct (ANA) - Indigenous groups in Ecuador have taken the lead in protests against the end of fuel subsidies, blocking roads and highways in the country.
 
About 50 police officers have been taken hostage in various locations.
 
President Lenin Moreno says he will not bring back subsidies and has declared a two-month national emergency.
 
The protests were originally led by transport unions who have since stopped their action. Other sectors are calling for a national strike on Wednesday.
 
Ecuadorians say abolishing fuel subsidies has also led to rising prices for consumer goods. About 20 people have been arrested for raising food prices, the government said.
 
They had been overcharging for products such as corn, onions, carrots and potatoes, which are subject to price controls, the authorities said.
 
"There is no justification for raising the prices," Interior Minister Maria Romo said.
 
One man died in the Andean province of Azuay in the south of the country, the government said. Reports said roadblocks in the area had stopped an ambulance from reaching him after he was hit by a car.(ANA)
FA/ANA/7 October 2019-------
 

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