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Ecuadorian government and indigenous groups reach agreement on subsidies and end …

by Ace Damon
Ecuadorian government and indigenous groups reach agreement on subsidies and end ...

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00:41 14.10.2019 (updated 00:44 14.10.2019) Short URL

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno began talks with indigenous leaders of the country on Sunday to end protests against the government.

Later on Saturday, Moreno promised to revise his controversial fuel subsidy decree, causing unrest across the country.

After lengthy negotiations with protest leaders and representatives of indigenous peoples, the Moreno government canceled the controversial decree that sparked violent protests.

"With this agreement, mobilizations … throughout Ecuador are closed and we are committed to restoring peace in the country," Moreno and indigenous leaders said in a joint statement on Sunday, adding that the government withdrew the decree that ended fuel subsidies, informed AFP

Moreno defined a set of austerity measures and economic reforms in an attempt to receive a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), prompting mass protests across Ecuador.

The cuts in the government's fuel subsidy program were the initial reason for the local population's revolt, which was aggravated by strong police repression of the protests.

Local human rights organizations estimate that the riots in the country resulted in at least seven deaths and about 1,000 people injured.

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