Boom, Then Slump, Preceded Wide-Ranging South American Protests

Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia’s is socialist. Yet from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators marched this week to demand fundamental change, a wave of often-violent protests that has set tires, government offices, trains and metro stations ablaze across South America and the Caribbean.

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Chaos in Ecuador as President Imposes Curfew

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno announced a curfew Tuesday and moved the seat of government outside the capital, Quito, as hundreds of thousands of protesters paralyzed the country with road closures and calls for a general strike, as the government refuses to negotiate over its cancellation of fuel subsidies, which doubled the cost of diesel gas and threatens a dramatic increase in the cost of public transport.

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