An Ecuadorean Policeman directs traffic in front of the police hospital in Quito
An Ecuadorean Policeman directs traffic in front of the police hospital in Quito October 1, 2010.
Ecuador's police chief has stepped down after failing to stop a rebellion by officers who attacked President Rafael Correa and trapped him inside a hospital until troops rescued him in the worst crisis of his rule. Correa emerged triumphant from the standoff on Thursday night but he faces a political fight to push through austerity measures testing his popularity, and his authority has been rocked by the police protests over cuts to their bonuses. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja (ECUADOR - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)