Protests Force Ecuador To Withdraw IMF Austerity Package

PROTESTS forced President Lenin Moreno to withdraw an IMF-backed plan of withdrawal of subsidies on fuel. Indigenous people and their organisations protested this plan in huge numbers.

After two weeks of fierce protests in which seven people were killed, Ecuador’s president Lenín Moreno struck a deal with leaders of indigenous groups, withdrawing the austerity package.  

The protesting indigenous people have also been demanding higher taxes on the wealthy and the firing of the interior and defence ministers over their brutal repression of the protestors.