JIM WYSS AND FRANCES ROBLES
October 1, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Ecuador’s military staged a spectacular rescue Thursday night to free President Rafael Correa, who was holed up in a hospital for more than 12 hours by a police uprising that threatened the nation’s stability.
While television cameras rolled, soldiers launched a daring operation to pluck Correa from a police hospital where he had gone after being injured in a police protest. Sporadic gunfire could be heard and Correa said five soldiers were injured.
A defiant Correa appeared minutes later on the balcony of the presidential palace, lamenting those hurt in the rescue.