Indigenous protesters in Ecuador agree to talks

Indigenous protesters in Ecuador agree to talks

Demonstrators break into the General Comptrollers Office building during the 10th day of protests
Demonstrators break into the General Comptrollers Office building during the 10th day of protests over a fuel price hike ordered by the government to secure an IMF loan AFP/Martin BERNETTI

QUITO: An indigenous movement in Ecuador leading violent protests over fuel price hikes reversed course and said Saturday (Oct 12) it has accepted a proposal for direct talks with President Lenin Moreno.

Protest marches continued anyway, and demonstrators ransacked a government building in Quito, AFP observed.

An umbrella grouping called CONAIE, which on Friday had rejected the idea of negotiating, said it made the decision after consulting with its members.

More than a week of demonstrations in the capital Quito have left five people dead and nearly 2,000 injured or detained.

The protests were triggered when fuel subsidies were eliminated as part of a deal with the International Monetary Fund for a US$4.2 billion loan. Instantly, fuel prices more than doubled.

CONAIE said Saturday it has reconsidered and is now willing to meet face to face with Moreno to talk about the "cancellation or modification" of that and other economic reforms agreed with the IMF.

Indigenous protesters set out again Saturday, this time led by women.

Source: AFP/nh

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