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Ecuador President Rafael Correa rescued by soldiers

Ecuador President Rafael Correa has been rescued from a police hospital after a Quito gun battle at the end of a violent day across Ecuador.

Mr Correa had been holed up in the police hospital, where he was treated after being hit by tear gas in a confrontation.

Hundreds of police, angry over a law that would cut their benefits, appeared to have prevented him from leaving the clinic.

Under cover of darkness Mr Correa was reportedly smuggled out of the hospital in a wheelchair as a gunbattle between troops and police was under way.

  • 01 Oct 2010
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