Ecuador Agrees to Demands Following Protests

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Carlos Hermosillo | @broofbros1

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.

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Chaos Erupts in Ecuador as Nation’s Leader Flees Capital

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Carlos Hermosillo | @broofbros1

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, who is best known for turning in Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over to UK authorities after photos were leaked of his expensive lifestyle, fled the country’s capital Monday night.

According to reports, the protests came as a response to the government’s oil price hike. The response warranted a state of emergency that was declared soon after Ecuador left the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Thursday.

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Julian Assange, Co-Founder of Wikileaks, Arrested

Mike Ottavio | @MadMikePolitics

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested this morning after spending 7 years in an Ecuadorian embassy, BBC reports.

Assange initially took refuge in an Ecuadorian embassy seven years ago to avoid being extradited to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.

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