Cuenca and Ecuador wake to a transportation paralysis

Long rows of paralyzed taxis, empty and silent streets, and dozens of people looking for ways to get to work were the scenes Cuencanos awoke to on Thursday morning. In Parque Calderon, dozens of protesters congregated to join the national “paro” (paralysis) called by carriers in rejection of the economic measures announced by the Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno on Tuesday. At the center of the protest is the government’s plan to end the fuel subsidies that now cost the country approximately $1.3 billion a year. Protesters blocked passage on the roads near Parque Calderón. Mariscal Sucre and Bolívar streets were closed from…

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