Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, requested backup for the police on Saturday, he claimed last Thursday rebellion was caused by “a few insurgents”.
“There will be an investigation and sanctions. Citizenship should support police, 42.000 members are part of this institution and most of them are extraordinaire human beings who risk their lives for us on a daily basis,” affirmed Correa in his weekly labor report.
“We cannot judge the entire police institution because some criminals who claim they’re cops did wrong things, thousands of men and women provide us security,” he added.
The President, who believes this was a coup d’état and murder attempt against him, mentioned the insurgents are “retards who think we’re still in the time where people could be erased from the map and tortured, they think the country hasn’t changed”.
Correa thanked the policemen who were loyal to the government, especially the ones who participated along with the military in his rescue; he was kept inside a hospital for hours by demonstrators.
“I want to thank the majority of policemen (99%) who did not abandon their work,” he said.
Due to the insurrection, the police commander, General Freddy Martínez, resigned; the Government retired 5 generals when making a restructuration. There were 8 dead and 274 wounded people as the result of the rebellion according to the Health Ministry.