October 12, 2019 / 8:29 PM / 4 days ago

Ecuador's Moreno orders military-backed curfew starting in Quito

QUITO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno announced a military-enforced curfew starting in Quito and the surrounding valleys that started at 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) as the highland capital was rocked by unrest triggered by opposition to his austerity plan.

“We’re going to restore order in all of Ecuador,” Moreno said in a televised address to the nation. “We’re starting with the curfew in Quito. I’ve ordered the Joint Command of the Armed Forces to immediately take steps necessary to reestablish order in all of Ecuador.”

Moreno also thanked indigenous protest leaders for accepting talks, and blamed the unrest on radical instigators.

Reporting By Alexandra Valencia and Mitra Taj Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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