Thousands of people took to the streets of this capital and other Ecuadorian cities on Monday to protest the government's decision to endorse layoffs and pay cuts in response to the economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Protesters in Quito marched through the streets chanting "Out Moreno, Out," referring to right-wing President Lenin Moreno, who recently took the unusual step of delegating many of his powers to unelected aides with a year left in his term.