Military and Police in Ecuador are rioting up a storm, taking over the streets in Ecuador, protesting the proposed cutting of the police bonus'. The president and his wife were attacked, while addressing the crowd, and 'nearly asphyxiated' by tear gas shot by the military. Protesters burned tires and took control of the international airport and burned tires in the streets. Apparently, Correa openly challenged the police saying ""Kill me
if you want to. Kill me if you have the courage."
The economy of Ecuador has been rocky to say the least, in 2008 the country defaulted on 2.3 Billion Dollars in global bonds, which is unsurprising because, according to reuters' report, Correa was trained by the US of A in economics. Obviously, this budget cut isn't going over so well.
"(Reuters) - The White House on Thursday expressed full U.S. support for Ecuador's President Rafael Correa and urged a peaceful end to the crisis in the South American country as he faced crowds of police protesting over austerity plans."
"Messages of support for Correa flowed in from abroad, with
the Organization of American States and the governments of
France, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and others backing his
government." However, " Peru and Colombia, meanwhile, closed their borders with
neighboring Ecuador." - Reuters
Amateur speculators and cynics estimate that the US will have troops there within the next 24 hours to 'stabilize our assets', Ecuador is an oil producing nation after all and we all know how that game works.
A quick google search revealed this http://www.amnestyusa.org/business-and-human-rights/ecuador--/page.do?id=1101590
article on the amnesty website about Texaco's human rights abuses in the region so I can only imagine who will step in to stabilize the region and protect that precious black gold. I suggest that someone should go and watch the store, lest it gets looted and burned to the ground.
The military troops who are aligned with the president are doubling their security efforts around vital governmental interests such as oil production facilities and the president himself.
You can read more about this on a various number of sources from an actual reporter.
Clark Rockefeller 9/30/2010