President Rafael Correa rescued from Rebel Cops by Ecuador troops

October 1, 2010

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks during a news conference inside the Carondolet Palace after army soldiers rescued him from the hands of striking police in Quito September 30, 2010. Army troops stormed a hospital in Quito late on Thursday and rescued Correa, who had been trapped inside and surrounded by renegade police protesting against government austerity measures. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja (ECUADOR - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

(ChattahBox World News) President Rafael Correa was the victim of a tear gas attack by angry policemen and during the attack he was trapped in a hospital for over 12 hours. The cops were angry about a cut in benefits. Ecuadorian soldiers used concussion grenades and automatic weapons to rescue the president during late Thursday, from the hospital in which he was trapped due.

In the operation which lasted thirty five minutes, at least 1 security force member was injured. The government reported that at least 1 other person was killed during the operation and 6 others suffered injuries in the clash that took place earlier in the day between the insurgent cops and President Rafael Correa’s supporters.

While in the balcony of the Carondelet, Rafael Correa told his supporters after he was rushed away from the rebellion scene in an SUV, that this was more than just a simple protest from the police.

After the commotion ended, Correa thanked all of the supporters from his balcony who came rushing to the hospital, committed to have democracy defended. Correa, a 47-year-old US-trained economist, who took power in 2007 and was elected for a second term in 2009, said there would be “a deep cleansing of the national police”, and that he would “not forgive nor forget” what had happened. The commander of Ecuador’s police force has since resigned, a police spokesman said on Friday.



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