Deal to end Ecuadorian protests

The Ecuadorian government and indigenous leaders have come to an agreement following talks aimed at ending violent protests triggered by austerity measures.

The decision to drop fuel subsidies, which triggered a wave of unrest and forced President Lenin Moreno to temporarily move the government out of the capital Quito, is to be revised by a joint commission.

In return, the indigenous people's federation, CONAIE, has halted protests across the country 11 days after they began, the group's chief, Jaime Vargas, says.

The government had hoped to save more than a billion dollars annually with the elimination of the 40-year-old fuel subsidies.

Armoured military vehicles patrol the streets of Quito on Sunday after police and protesters clashed and residents defied a presidential curfew imposed to quell unrest.

Ecuadoreans posted social media videos of burning blockades and stand-offs between crowds and security forces ahead of the talks.

Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said a group of vandals had again set fire to the comptroller's office and about 500 people had defied police barriers.

The unrest has been the worst in the small South American country in more than a decade and the latest flashpoint of opposition to the International Monetary Fund in Latin America.

President Lenin Moreno has cast the dispute as a battle between Venezuela and other left-leaning forces and more market-friendly ideologies.

Moreno signed a $US4.2 billion ($A6.2 billion) deal with the IMF earlier this year, angering many of his former supporters who voted for him as the left-leaning successor of his former ally, Rafael Correa.

The militarisation of the city had fuelled criticism the government's handling of the protests has been too heavy-handed.

According to reports, at least seven people have been killed, several hundred wounded and more than 1000 arrested in the unrest since it began on October 3.

with DPA