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The government of Ecuador admits and restores fuel subsidies after weeks of violent collisions

The president and indigenous leaders of Ecuador reached an agreement yesterday to put an end to almost two weeks of violent protests against austerity measures taken to obtain a loan of several billion dollars from the IMF.

The demonstrations killed seven people and were fueled when President Lenin Moreno canceled fuel subsidies to obtain a $ 4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, doubling prices.

Moreno met Jaime Vargas, the head of the native umbrella group CONAIE, for four-hour talks in the capital Quito, broadcast live on state television.

& # 39; With this agreement, the mobilizations … in Ecuador are terminated and we are committed to restoring peace to the country & # 39; said a joint statement, adding that the government had withdrawn an order that fuel subsidies had been abolished .

Indigenous people celebrate outside the Casa de la Cultura in Quito last night after the president and indigenous leaders of Ecuador reached an agreement to end violent protests

Indigenous people celebrate outside the Casa de la Cultura in Quito last night after the president and indigenous leaders of Ecuador reached an agreement to end violent protests

Indigenous peoples celebrated by waving the national flag and blowing off fireworks after the end of weeks of violent protests against austerity measures instituted to obtain a multi-billion dollar loan from the IMF

Indigenous peoples celebrated by waving the national flag and blowing off fireworks after the end of weeks of violent protests against austerity measures instituted to obtain a multi-billion dollar loan from the IMF

Indigenous peoples celebrated by waving the national flag and blowing off fireworks after the end of weeks of violent protests against austerity measures instituted to obtain a multi-billion dollar loan from the IMF

A woman and her daughter in the middle of the celebrations last night when indigenous people gathered outside the Casa de la Cultura in Quito

A woman and her daughter in the middle of the celebrations last night when indigenous people gathered outside the Casa de la Cultura in Quito

A woman and her daughter in the middle of the celebrations last night when indigenous people gathered outside the Casa de la Cultura in Quito

Thousands flocked into the streets of Quito shortly after the announcement, waved the national flag, honked, and fired on.

The statement was read by a United Nations official who mediated in discussions with the Catholic Church.

& # 39; The measures applied in all our areas are being lifted, & # 39; Vargas confirmed, referring to roads and oil facilities in the Amazon that were blocked by protesters for almost two weeks. These actions have suspended the distribution of nearly 70 percent of the country's crude oil.

Indigenous groups make up a quarter of the 17.3 million inhabitants of Ecuador. Thousands who had traveled from disadvantaged communities across the Amazon and the Andes to lead the protests in Quito began to go home after the deal was announced.

Lenin Moreno, president of Ecuador, announced the repeal of Decree 883 following a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to resolve the crisis in Quito, Ecuador yesterday

Lenin Moreno, president of Ecuador, announced the repeal of Decree 883 following a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to resolve the crisis in Quito, Ecuador yesterday

Lenin Moreno, president of Ecuador, announced the repeal of Decree 883 following a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to resolve the crisis in Quito, Ecuador yesterday

Before the deal was reached, demonstrators could be seen beyond a fire while protests against President Lenin Moreno's austerity measures escalated in Ecuador

Before the deal was reached, demonstrators could be seen beyond a fire while protests against President Lenin Moreno's austerity measures escalated in Ecuador

Before the deal was reached, demonstrators could be seen beyond a fire while protests against President Lenin Moreno's austerity measures escalated in Ecuador

A man hit by tear gas walking after receiving help during the 10th day of a protest on Saturday about an increase in fuel prices during the violent collisions

A man hit by tear gas walking after receiving help during the 10th day of a protest on Saturday about an increase in fuel prices during the violent collisions

A man hit by tear gas walking after receiving help during the 10th day of a protest on Saturday about an increase in fuel prices during the violent collisions

Ecuadorian riot police shoot at protesters during protests over a fuel price increase ordered by the government to obtain an IMF loan in Quito

Ecuadorian riot police shoot at protesters during protests over a fuel price increase ordered by the government to obtain an IMF loan in Quito

Ecuadorian riot police shoot at protesters during protests over a fuel price increase ordered by the government to obtain an IMF loan in Quito

A demonstrator with an improvised shield facing the riot police in Quito yesterday, just hours before a deal was concluded between indigenous leaders and President Lenin Moreno

A demonstrator with an improvised shield facing the riot police in Quito yesterday, just hours before a deal was concluded between indigenous leaders and President Lenin Moreno

A demonstrator with an improvised shield facing the riot police in Quito yesterday, just hours before a deal was concluded between indigenous leaders and President Lenin Moreno

& # 39; Indigenous brothers, I have always treated you with respect and affection, & # 39; said Moreno when the conversations opened. & # 39; It was never my intention to hit the poorest sectors. & # 39;

Moreno had previously announced a curfew and placed Quito under military control to suppress the unrest.

Violent clashes continued on Sunday before the talks began, while the police fought to disperse protesters trying to set up a barricade of rubble due to Saturday's unrest.

Authorities said that 1,349 people were injured and 1,152 were detained in the demonstrations.

The force forced Moreno to move his government to Ecuador's second city, Guayaquil, and hit the oil industry hard with the energy ministry that suspended more than two-thirds of its crude oil distribution.

CONAIE had previously rejected an offer of dialogue, but the course was reversed on Saturday.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres previously called on all groups to engage in inclusive and meaningful conversations and to work in good faith towards a peaceful solution.

Thousands of protesters took part in the protest about an increase in fuel prices on Saturday. Riot police clashed with indigenous protesters in the capital of Ecuador while deadly protests against fuel price increases extended to a tenth day

Thousands of protesters took part in the protest about an increase in fuel prices on Saturday. Riot police clashed with indigenous protesters in the capital of Ecuador while deadly protests against fuel price increases extended to a tenth day

Thousands of protesters took part in the protest about an increase in fuel prices on Saturday. Riot police clashed with indigenous protesters in the capital of Ecuador while deadly protests against fuel price increases extended to a tenth day

Protesters set up fire barricades during the 10th day of a protest about a fuel price increase ordered by the government

Protesters set up fire barricades during the 10th day of a protest about a fuel price increase ordered by the government

Protesters set up fire barricades during the 10th day of a protest about a fuel price increase ordered by the government

Indigenous leaders participate in a popular meeting in an attempt to reach a deal with Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador

Indigenous leaders participate in a popular meeting in an attempt to reach a deal with Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador

Indigenous leaders participate in a popular meeting in an attempt to reach a deal with Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador

Indigenous leader watches during a popular meeting in the Agora of the Cultuurhuis for a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to resolve the crisis in Quito yesterday

Indigenous leader watches during a popular meeting in the Agora of the Cultuurhuis for a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to resolve the crisis in Quito yesterday

Indigenous leader watches during a popular meeting in the Agora of the Cultuurhuis for a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to resolve the crisis in Quito yesterday

President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno (center) and Arnaud Peral (right) Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system and UNDP representative in Ecuador announce the repeal of Decree 883 following a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to address the crisis resolve yesterday

President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno (center) and Arnaud Peral (right) Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system and UNDP representative in Ecuador announce the repeal of Decree 883 following a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to address the crisis resolve yesterday

President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno (center) and Arnaud Peral (right) Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system and UNDP representative in Ecuador announce the repeal of Decree 883 following a first meeting of CONAIE and the Ecuadorian government to address the crisis resolve yesterday

Protesters plundered Saturday and plundered the building that housed the Inspector General's office, which was shrouded in thick smoke after it was attacked with fire bombs.

The public prosecutor said 34 people were arrested.

Saturday demonstrators also focused on a television station and newspaper.

The Teleamazonas TV channel interrupted its regular broadcast to show images of broken windows, a burned vehicle and heavy police presence on stage.

The station has evacuated 25 employees, none of them hurt. In the neighborhood, protesters built barricades in front of the National Assembly building when the police fired tear gas at them.

& # 39; We have nothing to do with the events at the auditor's office and Teleamazonas, & # 39; said CONAIE.

The El Comercio newspaper reported on Twitter that its offices were being attacked by a & # 39; group of strangers & # 39 ;.

Indigenous people celebrate outside the Casa de la Cultura in Quito last night after the president and indigenous leaders of Ecuador reached an agreement to end violent protests

Indigenous people celebrate outside the Casa de la Cultura in Quito last night after the president and indigenous leaders of Ecuador reached an agreement to end violent protests

Indigenous people celebrate outside the Casa de la Cultura in Quito last night after the president and indigenous leaders of Ecuador reached an agreement to end violent protests

Protesters clashed with the police during a barricade during the protests on Friday and Saturday. Indigenous groups had demanded that President Lenin Moreno restore fuel subsidies

Protesters clashed with the police during a barricade during the protests on Friday and Saturday. Indigenous groups had demanded that President Lenin Moreno restore fuel subsidies

Protesters clashed with the police during a barricade during the protests on Friday and Saturday. Indigenous groups had demanded that President Lenin Moreno restore fuel subsidies

Protesters did not immediately hear the curfew that came into effect on Saturday, with security forces struggling to put order in some parts of the city.

& # 39; Where are the mothers and fathers of the police? Why do they let us kill us? & # 39; cried Nancy Quinyupani, a native woman.

The restrictions in Quito, a city of 2.7 million, came on top of a state of emergency announced by Moreno on October 3, involving the deployment of around 75,000 soldiers and police and a curfew in the vicinity of government buildings.

Moreno is struggling with an economic crisis due to waste and corruption by the Correa government.

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