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Ecuador's president halts motorcade to confront youth who made obscene gesture

FILE - In this Friday, May 1, 2015, file photo, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, third from the right, marches in the May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador’s leader halted his motorcade when a 16-year-old appeared to make an obscene gesture at him, Correa got out and confronted the teenager. Officials say the boy was detained and later sentenced to 20 hours of community service for making offensive gestures at the president on May 1. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)

FILE - In this Friday, May 1, 2015, file photo, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, third from the right, marches in the May Day parade in Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador’s leader halted his motorcade when a 16-year-old appeared to make an obscene gesture at him, Correa got out and confronted the teenager. Officials say the boy was detained and later sentenced to 20 hours of community service for making offensive gestures at the president on May 1. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)  (The Associated Press)

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa isn't one to let a slight go unnoticed.

When a 16-year-old appeared to make an obscene gesture at the president's passing motorcade, Correa brought it to a halt, got out and confronted the teenager.

Officials say the boy identified as Luis C. was detained and later sentenced to 20 hours of community service for making offensive gestures at the president on May 1.

The government communications office says Correa "got out of the vehicle and complained to the youth about his attitude," calling on him to respect the country's leader.

The office says the boy's mother slapped one of the president's bodyguards.