Ecuador: One for the Road

It was the classic Latin American scene. At 2 p.m. one day last week, eight tanks rumbled up to the presidential palace in Ecuador's Andean capital of Quito. Radio bulletins soon blared the news: Carlos Julio Arosemena, 44, the country's 46th President in 130 years, had gone the way of many of his predecessors—deposed by military coup. A crowd of demonstrators gathered at the palace to protest to the new rulers; and tanks opened fire. Three persons were killed, 17 wounded. In the palace, Arosemena refused to resign at first, then bowed to superior firepower and was bundled onto an...

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