Ecuadorean indigenous group announces direct talks with Moreno

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Demonstrators gesture during a protest against Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno’s austerity measures in Quito, Ecuador October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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QUITO (Reuters) – An indigenous group in Ecuador that has led massive protests to reinstate a fuel subsidy announced on Saturday that it has decided to hold direct talks with President Lenin Moreno, the first sign of a potential breakthrough in a dispute that has triggered more than a week of unrest.

Ecuador’s capital Quito was rocked early on Saturday in a tenth day of clashes over Moreno’s austerity plan, with police firing tear gas at protesters and access roads to the city’s airport blocked.

Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Bill Berkrot