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  1. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is helped by aides after donning a gas mask when striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters and negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito, Thursday, Sept. 30. (Guillermo Granja / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Police personnel shout slogans, Thursday, at the Regimiento Quito barracks. Ecuadorean Air Force troops took over Quito's airport and police occupied a regimental barracks in protest of a Congress-approved law cutting benefits for police and army personnel. Ecuador's commander-in-chief, General Ernesto Gonzalez, expressed his support to President Rafael Correa. (Rodrigo Buendia / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Ecuadorean President Correa, carrying a cane, is evacuated from the Regimiento Quito barracks following a tear gas attack, Thursday. (Rodrigo Buendia / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Members of the Ecuadorean Presidency Guard clash with policemen and military during a protest at regiment of Police Number 1 in Quito. Ecuadorean Coordinator Minister of Internal Security Miguel Carvajal said the country is in a crisis and faces a "delicate" situation and a process of "destabilization of government and democracy." (Jose Jacome / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A supporter of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa runs with a tear gas canister fired by the police. Supporters moved to defend Correa in the hospital where he took refuge from the police. (Guillermo Granja / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A presidential guardsman, third from left, is taken away by protesting police outside the hospital. The government declared a state of siege after rebellious police shut down airports and blocked highways in a nationwide strike. (Patricio Realpe / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Supporters of Correa protest against rebellious police outside the hospital. (Patricio Realpe / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. General Leonardo Barreiro (2nd left), commander of the Ecuadorean Air Force, walks with other officers as soldiers block the runway of the military air base of the Mariscal Sucre International Airport. President Correa accused rivals of seeking a coup and considererd dissolving Congress. (Str / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Supporters of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa face policemen near the Police Hospital in Quito on Thursday. (Str / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Correa supporters gather outside Ecuador’s embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. (Ariana Cubillos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Policemen speak with a crowd outside the hospital where President Correa is holed up. The sign reads "Long live the National Police and the Armed Forces." (Str / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. This video capture, taken from the Venezuelan channel Telesur, shows Ecuadoran troops confronting rebel police officers as they advance towards Quito's police hospital where President Correa sought refuge. Correa denounced the attempted coup and insisted he was still in charge as clashes rocked the capital. (Ho / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Soldiers enter the police hospital where Ecuador's President Rafael Correa sought refuge in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday. The army rescued Correa from the hospital where he had been trapped by rebellious police for more than 12 hours while he was being treated for tear-gas fired by hundreds of police angry over a law that they claim would cut their benefits. (Dolores Ochoa / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa is rescued by soldiers from the hospital where he sought refuge in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday. (Dolores Ochoa / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a gas mask, is rescued from a hospital where he sought refuge in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday. (Dolores Ochoa / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa raising his fist at Carondelet presidential palace in Quito on Thursday after being rescued from the National Police Hospital. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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