An alleged coup attempt shocked the South American country of Ecuador yesterday. During a public protest in Quito, President Rafael Correa was forced to leave his governement building, and was even thrown tear gas at while escaping the barracks by his very state police.
The uproar, that hit most main cities in Ecuador (Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca) with road blocks, tear gas and tyre-pyres, was set up by the police and members of the armed forces, protesting against recent a recent austerity law that cuts down on their benefits.
Unrest and trouble were reported in different places. Quito's International Airport was shut down for a few hours by about 300 air-force personnel and soldiers. The US embassy in Guayaquil was shut too, after issuing a warning for US citizens to "stay in their homes, if safe".
Looting has been reported doo, as well as gun-shots, the killing of at least one person and wounding of more.
If you're traveling to Ecuador, please use due prudence, check the travel section of the US government website, and consult your travel agent for any change in your plans.