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10 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Ecuadoran protesters broke into the country's Congress building

AFP, Quito
Ecuadoran protesters broke into the country's Congress building
People demonstrate outside the national assembly in Quito during clashes with riot police on Tuesday following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices sparked by authorities' decision to scrap subsidies. AFP Photo

Ecuadoran protesters broke into the country's Congress building on Tuesday as demonstrations over a fuel price hike introduced by President Lenin Moreno's government intensified.

Demonstrators, many of them indigenous men armed with sticks and whips, surged through a security cordon.

They rushed into the meeting room and occupied the podium, but were soon evicted by security forces.

Moreno subsequently ordered an overnight curfew to protect public buildings.

Clashes between security forces and protesters outside Congress erupted as thousands of demonstrators converge on the capital Quito to protest soaring fuel prices at a mass demonstration planned for Wednesday.

Demonstrators made a previous attempt to storm the building on Monday. Moreno, who declared a state of emergency over the nationwide protests last week, has moved government headquarters to the coastal city of Guayaquil.

Several days of protests against the fuel price hike have slashed the South American country's oil output by a third.

Oil production fell 31 percent after the seizure of three oil facilities in the Amazon, the energy ministry said Tuesday.

Production losses at the state-owned Petroamazonas "will reach 165,000 barrels per day," the ministry said in a statement. Ecuador, which exited the OPEC international oil cartel last week citing economic constraints, normally produces 531,000 barrels per day.

Moreno's declaration of a state of emergency failed to deter the advance of indigenous protesters who have repeatedly clashed with security forces on their journey to the capital from around the country.

The president on Tuesday tried to head off Wednesday's planned protest by offering to hold talks with "the indigenous brothers."

 

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