ECUADOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AMID FUEL PROTESTS


05/10/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO- Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno has declared two-month state of emergency in response to nationwide transport protests over fiscal reforms.

A nationwide strike by transport workers and taxi drivers against the elimination of fuel subsidies led to anti-government protests and violence.

Ecuador's government has agreed to cut public spending as part of a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). So, Moreno announced the package of reforms on Tuesday; its measures include tax reform, relaxing labor protections and doing away with 40-year-old fuel subsidies. By this way diesel and petrol prices are expected to more than double.

 Moreno described the subsidies in an official announcement as “a distortion that caused deterioration to the national economy,”He also said they are determined not to change their decision on “those perverse subsidies that were damaging the country.”

President Lenin Moreno said he imposed the measure "to ensure citizens' security and avoid chaos." The measure suspends some civil rights, allows authorities to commandeer public or private property and empowers the military to keep order.

Under the emergency measure, Mr Moreno's government can restrict freedoms and deploy the armed forces to maintain order.

Some protesters clashed with police, who fired tear gas to disperse crowds. Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said 19 people had been arrested.


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