Protesters parade captured police in Ecuador capital

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"No dialogue with a murderous government", Vargas said in a statement after indigenous groups seized eight police officers during a tense standoff in Quito.

The uniformed officers were brought onto a stage by protesters who are based at a cultural center in the capital, Quito.

"With the blood of our brothers, we won't negotiate", indigenous leader Jaime Vargas said during a speech to the crowd.

Since then, Ecuador has seen a week of continuous protests. One officer was forced to drape the Ecuadorian flag over his shoulders and don a hat worn by some indigenous people.

Elsewhere in Quito, security forces are patrolling after a day of protests that included clashes with police.

David Cordero Heredia, law professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, says Ecuadorian mainstream media coverage of the indigenous-led protests against newly imposed austerity measures is downplaying the popular nature of the demonstrations. Thousands of protesters are calling for a repeal of austerity measures as the country's president Lenín Moreno refuses to step down.

Indigenous groups condemn the deal with the International Monetary Fund, saying austerity measures will deepen economic inequality.

The government has offered agricultural aid and other incentives for indigenous groups in hopes of ending the crisis.

Asked about his relation with Maduro, Correa - who settled in Belgium after he left office in 2017 - said they enjoy a friendly relationship, adding that he also acts as an economic adviser to Venezuela. He also said that order was being restored nationwide and that more than 70% of Ecuador's cities were peaceful. He has been accused by his successor, Lenin Moreno, of trying to foment a coup with the help of Maduro.

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Romo said the men had "information about the movements of the president and vice president".

"The big lesson is that it's very hard to go from populism to a more orthodox economic policy", Shifter said.

Apart from justifying the allegations, what has been clearly apparent in many countries is the fact that the rise in fuel subsidies has reportedly provoked the citizens to the streets, protesting against the government.

The state agency, which monitors human rights, identified the indigenous leader as Inocencio Tucumbi of Ecuador's Cotopaxi region.

Some 266 people have been injured and 864 were detained, though 80 percent of detainees have been released for lack of evidence, the public defender's office said.

"Without a doubt, this is going to be solved very soon", Moreno earlier said in a video broadcast on state television. It said two people had died in accidents linked to the violence across the country.

There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy in the reports on the death toll.

With this measure, which entered into force immediately and according to which the maximum fare can not exceed US$0.40, travel prices rose by US$0.10 cents, meaning an increase from 25 to 35 cents for public buses in Quito, and around 40 cents in cities such as Guayaquil.

The government headquarters is in the old area, but Moreno moved its operations to the port city of Guayaquil because of security concerns.

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