Ecuador President is rescued from the Police Hospital and gives a speech at the Government Palace
Quito, September 30, 2010.- Several news agency reported about the success of an operation by the Armed Forces to rescue Ecuador President Rafael Correa, who had been held captive in the Police Hospital throughout the day.
The operation was marked by a shooting that would have left five soldiers wounded, who were being assisted by this time, according to reports from CNN.
Minutes later, the president arrived at the Palacio de Carondelet and gave a speech on the balcony to the crowd that gathered in the Independence Square.
Correa confirmed that a policeman was killed and confessed that “he cried because of an Ecuadorian blood was shed for some irresponsible people who have created this entire incident.”
“Nobody has helped the police and this government,” said the Head of State. He added that none of the rebellious officers had read the law. All were carried away by the rebels.
“Today the police earn $ 700. We are doing things right,” he said, while he added that his government recognized the officers overtime.
The President called on people to remain united to foil the coup. “We have to join us partners, to remove these traitors.”
“There will be no forgiveness or forgetting and the law will not be repealed,” he said.
Thus, it appears that the coup has been officially frustrated.
People at the scene began to sing the verses of the national anthem, after the words of Correa.