Ecuador troops rescue president from rebel cops
QUITO, Ecuador – Ecuadorean soldiers firing automatic weapons and concussion grenades rescued President Rafael Correa late Thursday from a hospital where he was trapped most of the day byYou would think that police would understand the concept of "law and order". Guess not. Looting of course followed. How easy it is for a democracy to be taken over by a few misguided people. How difficult it is to overthrow a dictatorship.rebelling over a cut in benefits.
At least one security force member was wounded in the 35-minute operation, and the government said at least one person was killed and six injured in clashes earlier in the day outside the hospital between Correa's supporters and insurgent cops.
Correa, 47, told cheering supporters from the balcony of the Carondelet palace after being spirited away from the hospital at top speed in an SUV that the uprising was more than a simple police protest.
"There were lots of infiltrators, dressed as civilian and we know where they were from," he shouted. But he did not blame anyone specifically.