October 1st, 2010
12:47 PM ET

Police chief resigns after Ecuador chaos

The chief of the national police in Ecuador, Freddy Martinez, said Friday that he was resigning effectively immediately.

His departure comes a day after a chaotic uprising by police officers left President Rafael Correa trapped for several hours in a hospital. Troops loyal to the president arrived at the hospital and rescued him Thursday evening; two police officers were killed.

The police officers said they were angered by a new law that would take away their bonuses and reduce their compensation. The president, who was roughed up and hit by tear gas, said the law would do no such thing and said the police officers had not even read it.

Hours after the rescue, Correa repeated his claim that compensation issues were merely a pretext for police to kidnap him and try to overthrow his government.

"It was an attempt and a perfectly coordinated conspiracy," he said late Thursday.

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  1. WERS

    It was not a coup. Neither planned or intentional. It was a revolt due to a benefits reduction to the Police Force. The President went to the Police base and started to provoke them. It ended with the kidnap of the President trying to oblige him to take back the benefit cut. Finally the militia had to rescue him but it ended with a big battle. It could have been avoided if he didn't go and provoke them on their grounds. Now it's another bad chapter for our history.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Floria sigmundi

    It's a good idea they souls have someone more competent running this thing

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUJ4bL6O3uw&w=640&h=390]

    October 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jam

    I hope this does not start a war

    October 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • localkid

      me to.

      October 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. translator

    This guy sounds like hilter,paranoid and crazy.next he wll become a dictator after he replaces the police with his loyal military.the doctor hospital reported he was escorted to the hospital by his guards and he left with no issues.he block out the media.fishy??

    October 1, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marines123

    The police chief was talking trash! He definately did not pass phase one for a bad Ass he was trying to achieve. He would make it on Jerry Springer though!

    October 2, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |