MADRID, Oct. 14 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Government of Ecuador has put an end this Monday to the state of exception and to the curfew declared on the occasion of the wave of protests against economic reform, which have been deactivated thanks to an agreement between the parties to review the most controversial measure: fuel subsidies.
This was announced by the head of the Joint Command, General Roque Moreira, in statements to the media without giving more details, according to the Ecuadorian newspaper 'The Universe'.
The state of emergency was declared on October 3 in response to the first riots in Quito, while the curfew was imposed last Saturday in the capital and its surroundings.
These measures allowed restricting some fundamental rights and freedoms, such as those of assembly and mobility, giving broad powers of the security forces to maintain public order.
The protests began on October 1, when Moreno unveiled the “bundle” of economic adjustments agreed with the IMF in exchange for an injection of 4.2 billion dollars. These days, at least seven people have died and over a thousand have been arrested.
Finally, the parties reached an agreement on Sunday to end the protests and suspend decree 883, which includes the elimination of fuel subsidies, to negotiate a new one.
Quito, epicenter of the demonstrations against the Government, has dawned calmly this Monday. Volunteer crews, including indigenous people and students, have joined the cleaning teams to remove the eleven-day debris from protests, according to local press.
“With the dialogues for peace, we recover tranquility throughout the national territory,” the Foreign Ministry has celebrated on Twitter. “Hospitals and health centers provide normal care to all their patients,” he said.
Moreno has directly accused his predecessor in office and former ally, Rafael Correa, as well as his partners, including Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, of orchestrating the protests to overthrow his government in a “coup d'etat”, something that Both have denied.