2019-10-04: On Thursday (03 October), violent demonstrations occurred in Quito after fuel subsidies were cancelled. Demonstrators set up burning roadblocks and hurled stones. Security forces used tear gas. In Guayaquil shops were looted. Protests were reported from Cuenca as well.
Heightened security measures are to be expected, local traffic disruptions are possible. Further violent incidents cannot be ruled out. Travellers should avoid demonstrations and follow instructions by authorities.