Eruption In Ecuador

Is it a coup attempt or just police protests against salary cuts? The 24 hour rule is in effect.

Ecuador ‘coup’: 50 injured in clashes

“We’ve treated 50 people in Quito for medical emergencies due to asphyxiation due to tear gas and impacts from pellets and teargas canisters,” said Jorge Arteaga, a Red Cross spokesman.

Most of the injured had been involved in clashes outside the hospital where president Rafael Correa is being held.

Mr Arteaga said that injuries were also reported in other Ecuadoran cities where rebel police took to the streets.

Mr Correa was holed up at Quito’s National Police Hospital, where he was taken after a tear gas canister exploded near him when he addressed rebellious police at a barracks nearby.

Although the police are surrounding the hospital and preventing him from leaving, Mr Correa told ECTV television that he is still running the country.

“They’re not letting me out,” Mr Correa said. “They’ve got all the hospital exits surrounded.

“Obviously, it’s a kidnapping, when you kidnap the president,” he added.

Mr Correa said he would not negotiate with the officers while he remains a captive.

“I’d rather die,” he said.

Ecuador’s president defiant after hospital rescue

A defiant Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa returned safely to the presidential palace late Thursday after spending hours held by police inside a hospital room outside Quito.

Minutes earlier, members of the Ecuadorian army — wearing gas masks — rescued him, a reporter for Ecuadorian Television reported.

Speaking from a balcony, Correa told thousands of jubilant supporters that he saw one person who was shot during the rescue, which he regretted.

He thanked his supporters — in particular his bodyguards — for standing behind him and said the rebel police effort to oust him had failed.

“Nobody has supported the police as much as this government, nobody has increased their salaries as much,” he said about police protests about what they thought were salary cuts. “After all we’ve done for the police, they did this!” he said, adding that he was held inside the room and not allowed to leave.

“Supposed national police!” he spat. “Shame on you!”

See also:
Ecuador coup attempt? President Rafael Correa attacked in police revolt.
Ecuador’s president attacked by police
State of Siege Declared Over Ecuador Coup
Coup d’état continues in Ecuador
Ecuador’s leader trapped after ‘coup attempt’
Ecuador President Hurt During ‘Coup Attempt’
Correa Claims Ecuador Coup Attempt After Scuffling With Police
Unrest In Ecuador: Protesting Security Forces Seize Airport
Protesting police, soldiers seize Ecuador airport
Ecuador Declares State of Emergency
Ecuador declares state of emergency as country thrown into chaos
Ecuador state of emergency: Your emails
Peru closes border with Ecuador after coup attempt
Colombia Seals Off Border with Ecuador
Colombia joins Peru in closing borders with Ecuador
Troops free Ecuador president
Ecuador president rescued amid police, military clash
Ecuador unrest: Rafael Correa returns to presidential palace
Ecuador’s President Freed From ‘Police Siege’
Troops storm Ecuador hospital and free Correa

Obviously, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on in Ecuador at the moment, although it seems that it might be a failed coup attempt.

/if so, all I can say is better luck next time, Rafael Correa is a close protégé of oppressive socialism poster boy and enemy of the United States, Hugo Chavez

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Fifteen Pounds Of Stupid In A Ten Pound Bag

Seriously, what part of the following is not self-explanatory?

Travel Warning

YEMEN
February 25, 2010

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities. The Department recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Yemen. American citizens remaining in Yemen despite this warning should monitor the U.S. Embassy website and should make contingency emergency plans. This replaces the Travel Warning for Yemen issued June 26, 2009.

The security threat level remains high due to terrorist activities in Yemen. The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen closed on January 3 and 4, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen. Following the attempted attack aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on December 25, 2009, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that it was in response to what they described as American interference in Yemen. In the same statement, the group made threats against Westerners working in embassies and elsewhere, characterizing them as “unbelievers” and “crusaders.” On the morning of September 17, 2008, armed terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. A number of explosions occurred in the vicinity of the Embassy’s main gate. Several Yemeni security personnel and one Embassy security guard were killed, as were a few individuals waiting to gain entry to the Embassy, one of whom was a U.S. citizen.

Sounds pretty scary, right? If you’re an American, stay away from Yemen! But nooo, some idiots just can’t comprehend the concept of imminent danger, even after they’ve been duly warned.

American tourists kidnapped in Yemen

Two American tourists and their local driver were kidnapped by armed tribesmen in Yemen yesterday.

Kidnappings are common in the lawless southern Arabian state, but have become more of a risk since al-Qaeda moved into areas where government control is weak.

Tourists and other foreigners are usually snatched by tribesmen as a means of exerting pressure on the central Government.

The Americans’ driver, Mohammed Saleh, said in telephone calls with the media that the kidnappers were demanding the release of a fellow tribesmen in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.

The tourists, a man and a woman, were in the Bani Mansour area, about 45 miles south of Sanaa, and close to the scenic 800 year-old hill village of Hajara, when six armed tribesmen stopped them.

They were taken to the village of Hamra. Their driver said they were being treated well by their captors. Tribesmen said the Americans were “guests” in their village.

The US Embassy in Sanaa, which has been the target of bombings by al-Qaeda in recent years, said it was looking into the reports with the help of Yemeni security forces.

See also:
Yemeni Tribesmen Kidnap U.S. Couple Near Sanaa
Two American tourists kidnapped by tribesmen in Yemen
Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists traveling in Yemen, demand release of jailed tribesman
Two U.S. tourists kidnapped in Yemen
2 Americans abducted in Yemen
Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists in Yemen
US tourists feared kidnapped in Yemen
Two Americans Kidnapped in Yemen
US: Kidnapping of couple in Yemen apparently terror-related

Just great, now we have to waste U.S. government time, effort, resources, and tax dollars trying to get these U.S. citizen dumbasses back from whatever Yemeni low lifes kidnapped them. If it were up to me, I’d say don’t bother, they’ve already been justly rewarded for their unbelievable tourism foolishness. Let them enjoy their holiday stay with their new found friends.

/who the hell vacations in Yemen anyway?