Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has decreed a curfew and militarization in the Quito metropolitan district to help security forces stamp out this Saturday's protest against the elimination of fuel subsidies.

"I have imposed a curfew and the militarization of the Quito Metropolitan District and valleys. It will begin at 3:00 pm. This will facilitate the action taken by security forces against this intolerable violence," the president said on social media.