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Ecuador s protesters some clashes break out in Quito

Thousands of protesters held anti-government rallies in Ecuador on Wednesday, seeking to intensify pressure on the government after a week of unrest sparked by fuel price hikes. There were some clashes between stone-throwing demonstrators and police using tear gas to fend off crowds, including around the empty government headquarters in the capital, Quito. Demonstrators struggled to get close to the headquarters in the colonial-era Carondelet palace, sealed off by police barricades in the narrow surrounding streets. The protesters included youths who burned tires and confronted security forces, labor union members and indigenous people who mobilized and marched, for the most part peacefully. Ecuador s Red Cross said it was suspending paramedic and ambulance services because of security concerns. Red Cross volunteers had been attacked in several locations in recent days and people threw stones at an ambulance in Quito on Monday, the aid group said. The military earlier warned people ...

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