Police, protesters clash over a possible end to presidential term limits. Julie Noce reports.
Violent demonstrations broke out across Ecuador over proposed constitutional amendments that would allow the president to seek a fourth term in office. In the capital Quito, activists hurled metal barriers at police who fought back with batons and shields. The protests unite indigenous demonstrators with trade union groups and other activists who are against President Rafael Correa's plans to introduce an end of term limits ahead of the 2017 elections. Speaking at a rally later in the day, the 52-year-old played down the protests. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RAFAEL CORREA, ECUADORIAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "Today, we supposedly faced marches, uprisings, strikes and Quito, the motherland hasn't even felt it because millions of Ecuadorians went to work with greater determination, with much more love for the new motherland. Support for the leftist leader has been waning in the past months fueled on by a stuttering economy and an increase in inheritance taxes. Correa's opponents accuse him of being another strongman and feel he has failed to deliver on social promises.