State of emergency declared in Ecuador

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Ecuador declared a state of emergency as protesting policemen shutdown the international airport, burned tires in the street and sent President Rafael Correa to the hospital after he was overcome by tear gas.

Speaking to the Telesur network from his hospital room, Correa said police were trying to break into his room.

``The worst that can happen is that they kill me, and that's a price I'm willing to pay to make sure these types of barbarities never happen again,'' he said before quoting lines from poet Pablo Neruda. ``They can cut down the flowers, but they can't stop the spring.''

Correa said the rebellious policeman were working with ``conspirators'' in congress to overthrow him.

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