Here in the city of WTO, we think about what the police do when citizen decide to riot. But what happens when the police decide to riot?
Hundreds of police and soldiers protesting a new law that cuts their benefits seized the main airport in Ecuador's capital on Thursday and shut off highway access to Quito as well.
The rebellious police fired tear gas and burned tires after taking over bases in Quito, Guayaquil and other cities.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa's victory over violent police protests is not yet fully assured although the situation is under control for now, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said on Friday.
Correa was physically attacked and trapped in a hospital for several hours on Thursday until troops rescued him in a blaze of gunfire. The leftist president said the police, protesting against spending cuts and joined by some elements of the military, had tried to oust him in a coup.
Odd that the military is divided on this coup—that's not standard practice for Latin America, where the military traditionally leads a coup. The ostensible issue is "austerity measures" and concerns over police pay.
One wonders what forces are at play backstage...