Ecuadoreans set road barricade on fire amidst anger of fuel price hike

Striking truck drivers and indigenous protesters set fire to a road blockade on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador on Monday (October 07) amidst public anger over President Lenin Moreno's austerity measures that cut fuel subsidies.

This fiery barricade in Machachi has stopped traffic to those entering Quito, with protesters vowing to stay put until the price of petrol goes down. Many in this town rely heavily on fuel to get them in and out and of the capital for work. Residents told Reuters they will be hard hit by fuel reforms.

Ecuadoreans complain consumer prices have risen sharply as a knock-on effect of Moreno’s abolition of fuel subsidies, which has also triggered the nation’s worst unrest in more than a decade.

The 66-year-old Moreno won the 2017 election and has set the oil-producing nation on a centrist track after years of socialist rule under predecessor Rafael Correa.

(Production: Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Paul Vieira)

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