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Protests Intensify Against Ecuadorean Economic Austerity Measures

HeadlineJan 31, 2001

Anti-riot police fired tear gas canisters at hundreds of Indians in Quito, Ecuador, protesting bus fare hikes and fuel subsidy cuts in the capital, injuring at least 10 people. The clashed occurred yesterday as the Indians were beginning a march near Salesiana Polytechnic University, which was occupied by the protesters on Monday. Thousands of Indians from Ecuador’s provinces have arrived in Quito in recent days to intensify national protests against economic austerity measures announced earlier this month by the government and required by the International Monetary Fund. Since the economic measures were implemented earlier this month, the price of home cooking gas has doubled, gasoline prices have risen 25 percent, and public bus fares have increased by as much as 75 percent.

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