Protest leaders and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno came to a truce agreement on Sunday.
Decree 883, a measure backed by a $4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), had previously led to a 123% rise in gas prices. This angered citizens and sparked large protests across the country. But now, according to Ecuadorian reports, parties have reached an agreement to modify it and roll back gas prices to previous rates.
Bigger than Fuel
Paola Pabon, a province prefect politically aligned with Correa, was temporarily arrested hours after the agreement to modify Decree 883 was made. The government seized several phones, documents, and computers from her property as well. Moreno’s government claims she has been in contact with the Venezuelan state, which has accused Moreno’s government of involvement in its own civil unrest.
Meanwhile, former National Assembly President Gabriela Rivadeneira, who also has connections to Correa, fled to the Mexican embassy in Ecuador.
Correa’s supporters say this is political persecution from Moreno, who is supposedly targeting political opposition.
However, Moreno’s relationship with the IMF, which together with the CIA has historically pressured for neoconservative policies across Latin America, is negatively viewed among a sector of the populace.
11 Days of Protests in Ecuador
Clashes between protesters, the police and the military, escalated violently leading up to the agreement. In less than two weeks, there have been seven deaths and hundreds of injuries as a result.
Snipers armed with less-than-lethal rounds were deployed atop city buildings by the government. Injuries caused by these weapons can still be pretty serious.
Me acaban de enviar este video desde Quito: francotiradores disparando a manifestantes.
Los hechos ocurrieron a las 2:30 antes del toque de queda.
Urge solidaridad Internacional pic.twitter.com/Fz61uZ4m2w
— Jorge Rojas ?#1 (@jerojasrodrigue) October 12, 2019
— hum (@elhumbertoz) October 10, 2019
The military fires canisters at a playground.
"¡Dale a ese, DALE!", gritan los militares enviados por Moreno, mientras se graban arremetiendo contra el pueblo.
— ? Orlenys ?? (@OrlenysOV) October 13, 2019
La @PoliciaEcuador compartió un vídeo en el que se observa a policías ardiendo en llamas. "Recuerden que detrás del uniforme está un ser humano igual que tú, que tiene familia, hijos, padres, esposa, hermanos", escribieron en su cuenta de Twitter. #EcuadorPaísDePaz pic.twitter.com/1PdyGitcWg
— Diario Expreso (@Expresoec) October 10, 2019
The police and military have been battling viciously over the span of nearly two weeks.
? #ATENCIÓN | Enfrentamientos entre miembros de las @FFAAECUADOR y elementos de la @PoliciaEcuador en el centro de #Guayaquil. Este incidente se produce en el marco de las movilizaciones en contra de las medidas económicas implementadas por el Gobierno.#ParoNacionalEcuador pic.twitter.com/HDOT3L15JD
— Pichincha Comunicaciones (@pichinchauniver) October 10, 2019