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President attacked in Ecuador unrest

<p>Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) is surrounded by striking policemen as they try to keep him inside their main headquarters to negotiate a solution to their protests over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. Unrest erupted in Ecuador on Thursday with soldiers taking control of the main airport and police protesting in the streets while Correa considered dissolving a deadlocked Congress. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) is surrounded by striking policemen as they try to keep him inside their main headquarters to negotiate a solution to their protests over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. Unrest erupted in...more

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) is surrounded by striking policemen as they try to keep him inside their main headquarters to negotiate a solution to their protests over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. Unrest erupted in Ecuador on Thursday with soldiers taking control of the main airport and police protesting in the streets while Correa considered dissolving a deadlocked Congress. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) wears a gas mask after striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters while he tries to negotiate a solution to the protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) wears a gas mask after striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters while he tries to negotiate a solution to the protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September...more

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) wears a gas mask after striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters while he tries to negotiate a solution to the protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (L) is helped to don a gas mask after striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters and negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja</p>

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (L) is helped to don a gas mask after striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters and negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito...more

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (L) is helped to don a gas mask after striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters and negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) arrives at the main headquarters of the National Police to negotiate a solution to a protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) arrives at the main headquarters of the National Police to negotiate a solution to a protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) arrives at the main headquarters of the National Police to negotiate a solution to a protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Ecuadorean police officers take part in a demonstration at the main headquarters of the National Police over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010.  REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

Ecuadorean police officers take part in a demonstration at the main headquarters of the National Police over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

Ecuadorean police officers take part in a demonstration at the main headquarters of the National Police over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks to striking policemen from inside the main headquarters of the National Police where he entered to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks to striking policemen from inside the main headquarters of the National Police where he entered to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010....more

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks to striking policemen from inside the main headquarters of the National Police where he entered to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>An Ecuadorean police officer speaks to striking policemen inside the main headquarters of the National Police as President Rafael Correa arrived to negotiate a solution to protests over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

An Ecuadorean police officer speaks to striking policemen inside the main headquarters of the National Police as President Rafael Correa arrived to negotiate a solution to protests over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010....more

An Ecuadorean police officer speaks to striking policemen inside the main headquarters of the National Police as President Rafael Correa arrived to negotiate a solution to protests over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) is helped by aides after donning a gas mask when striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters and negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010.  REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) is helped by aides after donning a gas mask when striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters and negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits,...more

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (C) is helped by aides after donning a gas mask when striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters and negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks to striking policemen inside the main headquarters of the National Police where he entered to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks to striking policemen inside the main headquarters of the National Police where he entered to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010....more

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks to striking policemen inside the main headquarters of the National Police where he entered to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in their benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (2nd R) is helped by aides after donning a gas mask when striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters to negotiate a solution to the protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (2nd R) is helped by aides after donning a gas mask when striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters to negotiate a solution to the protest over changes in benefits, in...more

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (2nd R) is helped by aides after donning a gas mask when striking national policemen released tear gas to keep him inside their main headquarters to negotiate a solution to the protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>An Ecuadorean police general speaks to striking policemen at the main headquarters of the National Police as President Rafael Correa arrived to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

An Ecuadorean police general speaks to striking policemen at the main headquarters of the National Police as President Rafael Correa arrived to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010....more

An Ecuadorean police general speaks to striking policemen at the main headquarters of the National Police as President Rafael Correa arrived to negotiate a solution to their protest over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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