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Ecuador extends Quito state of alert indefinitely

world Updated: Oct 10, 2010 15:28 IST
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Ecuador's government said that capital city Quito would remain in an indefinite state of alert, allowing the army to patrol certain areas and guard Congress, after violent police riots erupted on Sept 30.

The state of alert elsewhere in the country ended at midnight on Friday.

"This decision was made by the government to allow the armed forces to continue guarding important installations and provide service to institutions such as Congress," Security Minister Miguel Carvajal said. Police officers, angry about a new law cutting their bonuses and other perks, took to the streets at the end of last month.

The protesting officers teargassed and physically bullied President Rafael Correa when he went to Quito's police headquarters to address them. The leftist leader was trapped in a hospital for 10 hours surrounded by mutinous police until he was rescued in a hail of gunfire by army commandos.

Before the Sept 30 unrest, Correa had enjoyed the longest period of political stability of any Ecuadorean president in decades. The oil-producing South American country has the rotating presidency of OPEC this year.