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Yearbook 2010

Ecuador. According to COUNTRYAAH, a serious political crisis broke out in Ecuador on September 30. Eight hundred police officers barricaded themselves in the police headquarters in the capital, Quito, in protest of a law that, in accordance with the government's general cuts in public spending, would reduce police salaries in the form of bonuses. President Rafael Correa personally went to the police headquarters to talk to the rebels. After two hours of fruitless discussions, Correa went to the nearby police hospital, which was then surrounded by police and the president was prevented from leaving the building for ten hours, including by using tear gas. At one point, Correa appeared in the window and he, at the same time as he ripped off his tie and exposed his chest, rebelled the police to shoot him if that was what they were looking for. At lunchtime, he announced to local media that he was undergoing a coup attempt. In the end, Correa was rescued by a special unit of military and police officers who broke through the ranks of the rebellious police forces with the help of, among other things, snipers. A total of five people were shot dead and 16 were seriously injured. The drama sparked speculation as to whether it was really a real coup attempt, as Correa claimed. Several factors indicated that this was not the case; Although Quito's international airport was blocked by a number of Air Force officers in connection with the events, the rebellious policemen were largely not supported by either the military, the other police or the political opposition.

2010 Ecuador

The aftermath of the events of September 30 meant that investigations were launched to investigate to what extent political forces had been behind. President Correa accused a paramilitary police group, Grupo Armado Policial (GAP), of sparking the uprising, and former President Lucio Gutiérrez of Partido Sociedad Patriótica (PSP) for exploiting it. However, the government could not provide any evidence for these claims. At the same time, Police Chief Patricio Franco assured that the police force as a whole, apart from a few individuals, remained steadfastly loyal to the President and the Constitution.

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