QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Protesters held anti-government rallies in cities across Ecuador on Wednesday despite a warning by the military to avoid violence after a week of unrest sparked by fuel price hikes.

There were scattered clashes between stone-throwing demonstrators and police using tear gas to break up crowds, which included members of labor unions and indigenous groups. Security was tight around the empty congress building in Quito, which had been besieged by protesters on Tuesday.

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