Members of the Ecuadorean police force attacked the country's president, Rafael Caldera, in an eruption of political unrest over austerity measures today, hospitalising the left-wing leader.
Mr Correa told local media by phone that police protesters were hunting for him in the building and would be responsible if he was hurt. Some of the president's supporters then descended on the hospital and hurled stones at police outside.
Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has called on supporters to march with him to save their trapped leader.
"President Correa has said that there are people trying to get in from the roof and attack him," Patino told a large crowd outside the presidential palace.
"I want to invite the brave people here below to go with us to rescue the president."
Ecuador, an Opec member of 14 million people, has a history of political instability
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