General Strike Paralyzes Ecuador as Protests Continue

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GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador—A general strike paralyzed much of Ecuador on Wednesday as week-old protests against President Lenin Moreno’s decision to eliminate fuel subsidies continued and the government scrambled to restore order.

Shops, factories and schools closed as thousands of indigenous demonstrators, many with their faces masked and wearing traditional bowler hats, converged on the capital of Quito to demonstrate against austerity measures that Mr. Moreno says are necessary to fix the country’s economy.

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