A state of emergency has been declared in Ecuador after President Rafael Correa accused the opposition and security forces of a coup attempt.Mr Correa was taken to hospital after being hit by tear gas at a protest. Later reports spoke of fresh violence outside as he was being treated.
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End Quote Rafael Correa President of EcuadorIf you want to kill the president, here he is. Kill him, if you want to. Kill him if you are brave enough”
Troops also took over the main airport, forcing it to close. Unrest has been reported across the country.The protesters are angry at a new law that cuts benefits for public servants.
The dramatic events began on Thursday morning, when members of the armed forces and police angry at the austerity measures occupied several barracks and set up road blocks across the country to demand the austerity measures be abandoned by the government.