Photos | Ecuador: week of fury after fuel hikes

The government ended subsidies on gasoline and diesel last week, in a move that was welcomed by the International Monetary Fund because it helps cut the budget deficit, but which triggered nationwide unrest. Protesters have occupied government buildings and oil fields as security forces struggled to enforce a state of emergency. A group of mainly indigenous protesters marched demanding a return of fuel subsidies, while another much smaller group supporting Moreno’s economic reforms is holding an opposing rally.

Updated On Oct 11, 2019 12:49 PM IST
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Demonstrators pass on a Molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police in Quito. Protests against fuel price hikes in Ecuador a week ago have escalated into violent clashes, leaving five protesters dead and leading the government to suspend two-thirds of its crude oil distribution. (Martin Bernetti / AFP)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 12:49 PM IST

Demonstrators pass on a Molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police in Quito. Protests against fuel price hikes in Ecuador a week ago have escalated into violent clashes, leaving five protesters dead and leading the government to suspend two-thirds of its crude oil distribution. (Martin Bernetti / AFP)

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On October 1 President Lenin Moreno announces the end of government subsidies keeping down fuel costs, heralding price hikes of up to 123 percent. The measure is among reforms agreed with the International Monetary Fund that will allow indebted Ecuador to borrow $4.2 billion. (Francisco Seco / AP)
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On October 1 President Lenin Moreno announces the end of government subsidies keeping down fuel costs, heralding price hikes of up to 123 percent. The measure is among reforms agreed with the International Monetary Fund that will allow indebted Ecuador to borrow $4.2 billion. (Francisco Seco / AP)

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On October 2 around 300 protesters gather outside the central bank in the capital. Some demand Moreno’s resignation. (Daniel Tapia / REUTERS)
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On October 2 around 300 protesters gather outside the central bank in the capital. Some demand Moreno’s resignation. (Daniel Tapia / REUTERS)

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Protests swell on October 3, when the hikes come into force. Police fired tear gas at crowds hurling stones and fire bombs close to government offices in Quito. Around 30 people, several from the security forces, were wounded and dozens arrested. Buses and taxis went on strike in Quito and other cities. Subsequently Moreno declared a state of emergency, in response the strike extends into October 4 and there are more clashes, injuries and arrests. (Ivan Castaneira / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 12:49 PM IST

Protests swell on October 3, when the hikes come into force. Police fired tear gas at crowds hurling stones and fire bombs close to government offices in Quito. Around 30 people, several from the security forces, were wounded and dozens arrested. Buses and taxis went on strike in Quito and other cities. Subsequently Moreno declared a state of emergency, in response the strike extends into October 4 and there are more clashes, injuries and arrests. (Ivan Castaneira / REUTERS)

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On October 5 major roads around the country are blocked by farmers, accompanied by indigenous people -- an influential group that makes up a quarter of the population. The government announced the first death the following day, saying a man was run over at a protest in the south. (Johis Alarcon / Bloomberg)
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On October 5 major roads around the country are blocked by farmers, accompanied by indigenous people -- an influential group that makes up a quarter of the population. The government announced the first death the following day, saying a man was run over at a protest in the south. (Johis Alarcon / Bloomberg)

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On October 7 hundreds gather near parliament resulting in clashes near the government headquarters. The energy ministry announced that protesters had seized three oil fields and production was suspended, slashing national output by 30 percent. Moreno accused his predecessor Rafael Correa and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of wanting to mount a coup using the indigenous population. Meanwhile, the government moved to the coastal city of Guayaquil, southwest of Quito. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 12:49 PM IST

On October 7 hundreds gather near parliament resulting in clashes near the government headquarters. The energy ministry announced that protesters had seized three oil fields and production was suspended, slashing national output by 30 percent. Moreno accused his predecessor Rafael Correa and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of wanting to mount a coup using the indigenous population. Meanwhile, the government moved to the coastal city of Guayaquil, southwest of Quito. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins / REUTERS)

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On October 8, protesters break into the Congress building. Many of them are again indigenous men armed with sticks and whips. They were evicted soon and Moreno ordered an overnight curfew to protect public buildings. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins / REUTERS)
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On October 8, protesters break into the Congress building. Many of them are again indigenous men armed with sticks and whips. They were evicted soon and Moreno ordered an overnight curfew to protect public buildings. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins / REUTERS)

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On October 9, thousands of people -- indigenous people, farmers, students and union activists -- march in Quito. Violence breaks out as a group of masked demonstrators throw Molotov cocktails and paving stones at riot police, who fight back with tear gas and water cannon. Thousands also gather in Guayaquil to condemn the violence in the capital. The energy ministry shuts down one of its two domestic oil pipelines, effectively suspending two-thirds of its distribution of crude. (Fernando Vergara / AP)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 12:49 PM IST

On October 9, thousands of people -- indigenous people, farmers, students and union activists -- march in Quito. Violence breaks out as a group of masked demonstrators throw Molotov cocktails and paving stones at riot police, who fight back with tear gas and water cannon. Thousands also gather in Guayaquil to condemn the violence in the capital. The energy ministry shuts down one of its two domestic oil pipelines, effectively suspending two-thirds of its distribution of crude. (Fernando Vergara / AP)

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On October 10, key indigenous leader Jaime Vargas, head of the indigenous umbrella organization Confederation of Ecuador’s Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), rejects talks with Moreno and issues a call to “radicalize” protests. Thereafter in Quito indigenous groups seize eight police officers during a tense stand-off where five civilians, including an indigenous leader are killed, said Ecuador’s ombudsman. (Rodrigo Buendia / AFP)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 12:49 PM IST

On October 10, key indigenous leader Jaime Vargas, head of the indigenous umbrella organization Confederation of Ecuador’s Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), rejects talks with Moreno and issues a call to “radicalize” protests. Thereafter in Quito indigenous groups seize eight police officers during a tense stand-off where five civilians, including an indigenous leader are killed, said Ecuador’s ombudsman. (Rodrigo Buendia / AFP)

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