Tear gas, clashes as thousands protest in Ecuador capital

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Clashes between protesters and security forces erupted as a rally against Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa swept the capital of Quito and several other cities Thursday.

After riot police tried to block around 10,000 protesters near the San Francisco Plaza, they fired tear gas while protesters threw sticks and rocks. More than a dozen police officers were reportedly injured.

It is the first major protest against the president since he came to power eight years ago. The anger among the protesters is partly due to a new labor code and new taxes, and partly about proposed changes to the constitution which would allow Correa to go for a 4th term.