Upheaval in Ecuador: Quito, Guayaquil flights suspended

Upheaval in Ecuador: Quito, Guayaquil flights suspended

September 30, 2010

Flights to and from Ecuador have been suspended after demonstrators stormed the Quito airport.

The demonstrators are primarily police and soldiers objecting to a measure passed by congress last night that would delay automatic promotions and slow salary increases.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa accused the protestors of staging a coup, saying that police pointed guns at him as he tried to dissuade the officers from protesting at the Mariscal Sucre police base, and that he was injured in the scuffle and “practically kidnapped.”

Protests have also rocked Guayaquil, with looters ransacking banks, supermarkets and shopping malls.

If you are scheduled to travel to Ecuador today, please contact Exito or your airline, to find out the status of your flight.

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