Ecuador declares state of emergency as fuel protests block roads
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno declared a state of emergency on Thursday as protests broke out nationwide over the end of decades-old fuel subsidies as part of a $2 billion government fiscal reform package. © Reuters/DANIEL TAPIA A man stands wrapped in the national flag during protests after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno's government ended four-decade-old fuel subsidies, in Quito "Down with the package!" protesters shouted, referring to measures enacted this week as Moreno sets the Andean oil producer on a centrist path after years of leftist rule.
Anti - austerity Protests and Strikes Shut Down Quito , Ecuador . Demonstrators have filled the streets of Quito , Ecuador , for more than a week, after the government of Ecuador ’s President Lenín Moreno doubled fuel prices by eliminating a 40-year-old subsidy, part of an agreement with the
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BERLIN (Reuters) - As Jews left Yom Kippur prayers across Germany on Wednesday, they were jolted by word that an anti-Semitic gunman had attacked a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle hours before, killing two people.
Burning Tires Block Roads as Ecuador Declares State of Emergency
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno declared a state of emergency as protesters barricade roads across the country over fuel price hikes. © Associated Press Demonstrators clash with the police during a protest against elimination of fuel subsidies announced by President Lenin Moreno, in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Moreno has declared a state of emergency to confront rowdy street protests and a nationwide transport strike over his decision to end government fuel subsidies and relax labor protections.
Indigenous-led protests brought down three presidents in the years before Correa’s rule. In a national address on Sunday night, Moreno reiterated calls for dialogue. “I want to talk with the indigenous brothers, with whom we share causes,” he said, adding that resources would be set aside to help the
Violent protests in Ecuador force government to move – video. For days, protesters have been marching and barricading roads with burning tires. “Our flag is red, like the blood of the working class!” chanted marchers in downtown Quito , where anti -Moreno and anti -IMF graffiti covered walls.
The news heightened fears of more anti-Semitic violence in a nation still scarred by the Holocaust and witnessing the rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
"It's very scary," said Samuel Tsarfati, a 27-year-old stage director, as he left a Berlin synagogue with fellow French national Samuel Laufer.
The pair, who live and work in the German capital, had spent the holiest day in the Jewish calendar secluded in prayer and switched off their mobile phones for 25 hours of fasting.
Other members of Germany's 200,000-strong Jewish community expressed similar alarm over the attack. After trying to blast into the Halle synagogue, a lone suspect killed a woman outside and a man in a nearby kebab shop.
Ecuador arrests shopkeepers for price rises, protests rage
Ecuador arrests shopkeepers for price rises, protests rageQUITO (Reuters) - Ecuadorean authorities have begun arresting shopkeepers for raising food prices as indigenous groups clashed with security forces on Sunday in a fourth day of protests against President Lenin Moreno's austerity measures.
Subscribe to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe People were seen facing off with riot police with tear gas being fired as demonstrators took to the streets of
Indigenous groups in Ecuador have taken the lead in protests against the end of fuel subsidies, blocking roads and Other sectors are calling for a national strike on Wednesday. Ecuadorians say abolishing fuel subsidies Image caption Protesters block a road in Cangahua near the capital Quito .
"It's not a coincidence it happened in east Germany. The far-right AfD is very strong there," Tsarfati said. Leaders of the AfD, which made big gains in elections in two eastern states last month, condemned Wednesday's attack in Halle.
Attacks on Jews rose by 20% last year and were mainly carried out by right-wing extremists. Even before the Halle shooting, a heavy police presence guarded the synagogue in the trendy suburb of Prenzlauer Berg where Tsarfati and Lauferis attended prayers.
Jews and German politicians have been particularly worried by comments by Bjoern Hoecke, the AfD leader of eastern Thuringia state, that the Holocaust memorial in Berlin is a "monument of shame" and that schools should highlight German suffering in World War Two.
"What happened today shows that the AfD should not be underestimated," said Laufer. "AfD leaders like Hoecke don't want to see that their words encourage some people to kill."
Clashes as indigenous march on Ecuador capital over fuel price hike
Hundreds of indigenous people and farmers clashed with Ecuador's security forces Monday as they marched toward the capital, Quito, to protest soaring fuel prices. Riot police and the military used tear gas to try to disperse marchers in the town of Machachi on the outskirts of Quito.
Protesters in Quito throw petrol bombs and ransack public buildings in fuel subsidy demonstrations.
The anti -government protests were triggered by austerity cuts linked to a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), approved back in March. The spending cuts, unveiled by President Lenin Moreno last week include elimination of state fuel subsidies – which has already resulted in fuel
Hoecke was among the AfD leaders to condemn the Halle attack.
The Halle gunman broadcast anti-Semitic comments before he opened fire. Several German media outlets said he acted alone although police have not confirmed this.
The far-right AfD entered the national parliament for the first time two years ago, riding a wave of anger at Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to welcome almost 1 million migrants. The party's rise has alarmed Jewish leaders who condemn the party's verbal attacks against Muslim migrants.
'BLINDED BY HATRED'
Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and president of the Jewish Community in Munich, suggested that the AfD's anti-immigrant rhetoric was contributing to an atmosphere of hate that encouraged political violence.
"This scary attack makes it clear how fast words can become acts of political extremism," she said in a statement. "I'd be interested to know what that AfD has to say about such excesses, for which it had prepared the ground with its uncultured hate and incitement."
At the gold-domed New Synagogue in Berlin's city center about 200 people, including Muslim leaders, held a vigil, some carrying Israeli flags and others holding candles. Merkel visited the synagogue in the evening and took part in prayers.
Renate Keller, a 76-year-old attending the vigil with her husband, said the attack in Halle showed that Germany was not doing enough to fight anti-Semitism.
"It scares me that after the Holocaust some people have learned nothing from our history, which still weighs on us today," she said. "People like the attacker have probably never met a Jew in their lives. They are just blinded by hatred."
Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, warned of the incendiary potential far-right politics.
"It shows that right-wing extremism is not only some kind of political development, but that it is highly dangerous and exactly the kind of danger that we have always warned against."
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Ecuador counts cost of deadly protests after deal .
Ecuador began counting the cost Monday of 12 days of indigenous protests against fuel hikes that left eight demonstrators dead and severely dented President Lenin Moreno's austerity program. Moreno and indigenous leaders reached an agreement Sunday after the president pledged to withdraw subsidy cuts, known as Decree 883, that had more than doubled fuel prices.