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Ecuador Police Chief Resigns After Uprising

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on October 4, 2010

by Simon Romero for The New York Times, October 1st, 2010.

 Ecuador’s police chief resigned on Friday, a day after an uprising by police officers who held President Rafael Correa captive for more than 10 hours. Soldiers patrolled the streets of Quito, the capital, and other cities, enforcing a state of emergency.

The police chief, Freddy Martínez, submitted his resignation hours after President Correa vowed to overhaul the force. On Thursday, police officers protested a new law that would cut their benefits and salaries; the shakeup of their leadership emerged along with new details about the military operation involving more than 500 soldiers that rescued Mr. Correa from a police hospital, where he had been surrounded by striking officers.

The state news agency, Andes, distributed photographs on its Web site of the president’s armored sport-utility vehicle, with damage to its windshield from what the agency said was a shot fired during the rescue operation. (continue reading… )

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