President Moreno declares state of exception

Photo: Últimas Noticias

Media outlet Pichincha Universal said that the electricity of its headquarters had been cut intentionally.

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno declared a state of exception as massive nationwide protests broke out against the elimination of fuel subsidies. These measures allow the police and military to suspend protests and gathering in order to “regain control.”

Demonstrations have been taking place across the country, including the nation’s most populated city of Guayaquil, as well as in the southern cities of Cuenca and Azogues.

Police repression continues in Quito’s historic center where thousands of protesters are marching, trying to conglomerate in front of the Presidential Palace, but are blocked by police and tear gas.

Amidst the massive nation-wide strikes and protests, the Quito-based media outlet, Radio Pichincha Universal, released a video over its Twitter accounting, stating that at just after 5:00 p.m. local time, the electricity of its headquarters in the capital had been cut intentionally by unidentified suspects from the local electric company, they said, who had gotten away by car and motorcycle.

“Radio Pichincha Universal reports its facilities were attacked. At 18h17 we suffered a power outage caused by three subjects who claimed to belong to the @ElectricaQuito.”

Government Minister Maria Paula Romo said 19 people were arrested for blocking roads and other crimes, as thousands took to the streets, burning tires and chanting slogans.

Sources: teleSUR, Reuters, El Universo.

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