Protesters Block Police Vehicle and Flee Tear Gas in Quito

Indigenous demonstrators protesting the end of fuel subsidies and other austerity measures clashed with police in Quito, Ecuador, on October 9, according to reports.

Protests in Ecuador have been ongoing since the country’s government passed economic reforms in the first week of October, specifically doing away with a long-upheld subsidy on fuel, causing a 100 percent increase in prices, according to reports.

On Tuesday, October 8, local reports said a group of protesters broke police lines and stormed Ecuador’s National Assembly, which is housed in the Legislative Palace, after President Lenin Moreno moved the seat of the government out of Quito in response to the ongoing unrest.

In a press release on Tuesday, the National Assembly wrote, “The social fight in this country is historic and we are witnesses to its successes,” but said the protest was inauthentic and condemned vandalism and the destruction of public spaces.

Video from a local journalist shows protesters blocking a police vehicle from moving toward Quito’s Historic Center on Wednesday, as hundreds rallied in the city on Guayaquil Independence Day, a national holiday marking independence from Spain. Credit: CHRISTIAN LGC. via Storyful