Ecuador in State of Emergency
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
Add Ecuador to the list of countries whose people are letting their governments know that they’re not having the “austerity measures” officials are attempting to enact. In the case of Ecuador, the rebellion arose from within the police force. —KA
Equador’s government has declared a state of emergency after police launched a chaotic rebellion over austerity measures that cut their benefits.
Incensed officers shoved President Rafael Correa around and pelted him with tear gas and water when he tried to speak at a police barracks in the capital. Correa, 47, was taken to hospital from the effects of the gas.
The state of emergency puts the military in charge of public order, suspending civil liberties and allowing soldiers to carry out searches without a warrant.
AP / Dolores Ochoa
With a gas mask on his head, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, center, runs away from tear gas during a protest of police officers and soldiers against a new law that cuts their benefits. The incident occurred at a police base in Quito on Thursday.