Ecuador Correa Popularity

January 25, 2012 - 2:15 PM
In this photo taken on Oct. 30, 2011, supporters of Rafael Correa wave flags with his image at a rally marking the first anniversary of an uprising that made international headlines when Correa was forcibly detained by striking police in Quito, Ecuador. Correa is regularly assailed by human rights, press freedom and business groups as intemperate, autocratic and intolerant of dissent. Yet he is popular among millions of Ecuadoreans for programs which, like the initiative for the disabled, have improved their quality of life. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)