6 Ecuadoran police convicted for protest

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Posted: Jun 28, 2011 12:58 PM
6 Ecuadoran police convicted for protest

A court in Ecuador has convicted six police officers of security crimes for taking part in a protest in which the president was briefly detained.

The officers include the former chief of security for the country's congress and five members of the detachment there.

Hundreds of police officers staged a Sept. 30 protest over a legislative proposal to cut their promotion bonuses. It spread to the police headquarters, where officers roughed up President Rafael Correa and and later trapped him inside a police hospital for hours.

Correa was finally rescued when army commandos firing assault rifles and concussion grenades stormed into the facility. About a dozen people died.

The six will be sentenced later.