State of Emergency in Ecuador

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A state of emergency has been declared in Ecuador after President Rafael Correa accused the opposition and security forces of a coup attempt. Mr Correa was hit by tear gas after a confrontation and taken to hospital, before violence flared amid reports he was trapped inside. Police officers erected road blocks in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. Several government buildings were occupied and looting is reported in the capital and Guayaquil. Banks are robbed, while schools and businesses close due to the lack of security.

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