Nayrouz Agency : Nayrouz Agency: Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno ordered a curfew around government buildings after six days of violent anti-austerity protests that have pushed his administration out of the capital Quito and brought hundreds of arrests.
In a written decree on Tuesday, Moreno ordered that authorities restrict movement close to government buildings and strategic installations between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. to keep order, according to Reuters.
Following tactics that have toppled previous governments, thousands of indigenous demonstrators have flooded the highland capital. Some burst through security cordons to briefly enter the National Assembly on Tuesday, waving flags, pumping their fists and chanting: "We are the people!", Reuters said.
Elsewhere in Quito and other cities, masked and stick-wielding protesters hurled stones and battled with security forces, who responded with tear gas.
Protests erupted last Thursday when the government cut fuel subsidies here as part of a package of reforms, in keeping with a $4.2 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
Authorities said that about 600 people have been arrested, including a legislator who supports former president Rafael Correa.