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Ecuador's President Injured in Coup Attempt

Thursday, 30 September 2010 04:35 PM

President Rafael Correa denounced what he called “a coup attempt” against his government, and, fearing, for his life sought refuge in a hospital, London's Telegraph reports.

The government declared a state of emergency, enabling the military to take over the functions of police taking part in the rebellion, Security Minister Miguel Carvajal said.

Scores of soldiers swarmed over the landing strip of the international airport, forcing it to close. Witnesses said there was looting in Quito and in the city of Guayaquil, and that many workers and school students were being sent home.

Elsewhere in Quito, uniformed police burned tires in protest at a proposal to cut their bonuses.

Despite the protests, the head of the Armed forces said the troops remained loyal to President Rafael Correa who was caught in a tear gas attack. According to reports, Mr Correa claimed he was being targeted, that protesters were looking for him in a hospital and will be responsible if he is hurt.

Read the entire story at telegraph.co.uk

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