Reporting from Quito, Ecuador, and Bogota, —
Ecuador declared a state of emergency after President Rafael Correa was overcome by tear gas Thursday at a barracks in Quito, the capital, where he went to confront police who had walked off the job in protest over salaries and benefits.
Correa was seen struggling for breath as police set off tear gas canisters at the barracks in north Quito.
TV news reporters said Correa and his security detail seemed momentarily disoriented and unable to escape the barracks amid tear gas clouds.
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