Ecuador police chief steps down after protests

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Ecuador police chief steps down after protests

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An uneasy calm reigns over the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, after last night’s attempted uprising by the police during which the president was hospitalised.

The army are now maintaining a tight security ring around the presidential palace.

The chief of police has also resigned for failing to provide protection to Rafael Correa who was held for more than ten hours.

In a televised speech, he said all those responsible would be punished for plunging the country into chaos.

“All the people we identify will suffer the consequences. We will not forgive and forget. Forgive and forget at a social level looks a lot like impunity,” he said.

Correa claims that the uprising was not a simple police insurrection over pay but an attempt to overthrow him.

The unrest began when hundreds of police angry over the new civil service law shut down airports, blocking highways in a nationwide strike.

The government responded by declaring a state of siege, putting the military in charge of restoring order.

At least one person was killed and five soldiers wounded.