Ecuador: Hundreds take to Quito streets to protest Moreno's agreement with IMF

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of the capital city of Quito on Thursday to demonstrate against the economic situation and the recent agreement between the government of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Workers, teachers, and members of various unions social organisations were seen marching through the street holding flags, while police officers with shields were seen blocking off access to certain streets. «(Moreno) has fired university teachers, one million people are unemployed. We reject the attitude of Interior Minister Romo, Lenin Moreno who is unfortunately not working the way he should. He is doing things wrong. He sold himself to the IMF, to the right-wing. As he said himself once: the poor are not of his concern. And the people here are the poor ones defending our rights. The right to receive education, the right to live, the right to housing, the right to participate (politically),” said Rosa Chiluisa, one of the protesters. The march was called by unions and workers' organisations. Demonstrators reject the conditions agreed on between the Ecuadorian executive and the International Monetary Fund, which include a loan for $6.5 billion (€5.5 billion) and an increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT).

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