Economic policies including a 100 percent fuel price hike and 75 percent increase in transport fees have prompted strikes, demonstrations and roadblocks around the country, especially near the towns of Otavalo and Latacunga. The government declared a state of emergency Feb. 2 when talks with indigenous leaders broke off, but talks resumed Feb. 4. Demonstrations may block city streets without warning, and roadblocks can occur at any time on the Pan American Highway north and south of Quito. Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks, and consider deferring road travel until the immediate crisis has been resolved.