QUITO – Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno issued a curfew from Guayaquil on Tuesday restricting freedom of movement around government buildings and strategic installations.
Moreno’s executive decree 888 stipulated a restriction of public access from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am in areas close to buildings and strategic facilities such as state buildings and others defined by the Joint Command of the Armed Forces for as long as the state of emergency lasts (limited to a period of 30 days from its issuance Thursday).
The document said the order was issued according to the needs established by the Ministry of Government and the National Police “to maintain internal public order and, if necessary, establish safeguards.”
Public servants, members of the police and armed forces, accredited social communicators, members of diplomatic missions, medical, health or relief personnel, public transport managed by state entities and others are exempted.
Security forces will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the restrictions that began Tuesday.
Since Thursday, riots and protests have taken place across the country following economic measures adopted by the government such as the withdrawal of the fuel subsidy.
The Ecuadorian president unexpectedly left the presidential headquarters in the historic center of Quito on Monday for Guayaquil, where the government has been established temporarily in light of the security situation.
The seat of parliament was taken for approximately one hour by protesters from indigenous sectors, who from the first hour concentrated in a park in Quito on the eve of a large rally scheduled for Wednesday against the government’s economic reform.
On Monday, a group stormed the headquarters of the Comptroller General of the State in Quito, where they caused damage.