“To restrict transit and mobility under these terms: no circulation Monday thru Sunday from 20h00 to 05h00″
President Lenin Moreno issued Executive Order 888 in which he decrees the move of the seat of government to Guayaquil, reaffirms the state of exception and announces a special curfew around state buildings.
“To restrict transit and mobility under these terms: no circulation Monday thru Sunday from 20h00 to 05h00 local time around strategic government buildings and installations that function as headquarters for the state and others defined by the Armed Forces,» article five of the decree reads.
This comes as thousands of protesters have set up camp and continued to strike a block away from the National Assembly building in Quito, and around the historic center of the city where the Presidential Palace is located.
The last time an Ecuadorian president decreed a curfew with regards to mass protests against austerity measures was Oswaldo Hurtado in 1982, who was the first head of state to sign a letter of intent with the International Monetary Fund in exchange of structural reforms.
This article originally appeared on teleSUR English.