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Ecuador in uncertainty after coup drama
Quito, Oct 2 (Agencies):
Published on 2 Oct. 2010 10:28 PM IST
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As dramatic scenes of Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa being tear-gassed by his own police force made headlines all over the world, parallels were immediately drawn with last year’s upheaval in Honduras, where the military ousted then-President Manuel Zelaya.
This was supported by Mr Correa’s own declarations, after he was rescued from a police hospital where he was trapped for 12 hours. “This was an attempted coup, an attempt to destabilise the government, which failed thanks to the Ecuadorean people,” he said from his presidential palace, in front of a jubilant crowd.
It is true that Latin America’s new left-wing wave has attracted many foes - in 2002 there was a coup attempt against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an ally of Mr Correa. But talking about a traditional coup in Ecuador, or even a coup at all, might be going too far. The protests started on Thursday morning, as police and soldiers staged a mutiny against some aspects of a new civil service law.
The lower ranks of both institutions rebelled, while the high commands came out to support the government - indicating there was no mastermind, but rather a spontaneous popular uprising.

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