The weeklong protests in Ecuador took an alarming turn Thursday when indigenous protesters took several police officers hostage and paraded them before an angry crowd in the capital Quito.
The spectacle at the capital’s cultural center came on the eighth day of violent protests over President Lenin Moreno’s austerity measures that included scrapping a fuel subsidy.
Indigenous groups, leaders of the protests that also include students and union workers, confirmed that they were holding the officers but said they would not be harmed.
The protesters are also not allowing about 20 journalists covering the news at the cultural center to leave.
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