Protests against fuel hikes leave 6 dead, 1,507 injured in Ecuador: gov't

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-16 14:22:59|Editor: mingmei
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QUITO, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- More than 10 days of anti-government protests sparked by fuel hikes left six people dead and 1,507 people injured in Ecuador, the government said on Tuesday.

A total of 1,330 people were arrested for protest-related crimes, such as vandalism, Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said at a joint press conference with General Commander of the National Police Nelson Villegas.

A wave of protests took place on Oct. 3-13, following an Oct. 1 presidential decree that eliminated fuel subsidies and pushed up the price of gasoline and diesel, and public transit fares.

Of the 1,330 people arrested, 57 are foreign nationals, most of whom were released within 24 hours, said the minister.

As a result of the protests, 1,507 people were treated at public health facilities, including 435 police officers.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno agreed to repeal the decree on Sunday, after officials met for several hours with protest leaders.

The two sides agreed that the government will work on a new subsidy scheme that helps vulnerable groups better afford fuel.