Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has imposed a curfew on the capital, Quito, as 10 days of protests continue to rock the city, paralysing the centre and forcing the government to flee.
For the first time in the history of the Republic of Ecuador, the government headquarters was transferred from Quito, the capital city, to Guayaquil on October 7 due to a popular insurrection against Moreno’s decision to launch harsh austerity measures to secure an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
In a post on Twitter, Moreno said he had arranged the curfew and “militarization” of Quito and the surrounding area to assist security efforts again what he called “the intolerable excesses of violence” in the area.
The resistance to Moreno marks a welcome departure from the growth of right wing political forces in Latin America. From the militarization of the Mexican border with Guatemala, to the resurrection of the counterinsurgency campaign in Colombia, the fascist regime in Brazil, or the attempted coup in Venezuela – far right forces have been on the march. Ecuador, along with Haiti, is giving hope to the region from the insurrectionary potential of the street movements.
More and more cities are joining in the national strike and media has been severely restricted. “No place to hide” is the cry that people have adopted in tacit allusion to the change of government headquarters.
Since the demonstrations began 10 days ago, 5 people have been killed, hundreds wounded, and over 1,000 people have been detained nationwide
What started as a protest about austerity has become a total insurrection against the government and capitalism.