Hundreds of angry Cubans confronted police and Ecuadoran Embassy officials in Havana on Friday after the surprise announcement of a new visa requirement aimed at choking off this year's historic overland emigration of Cubans to the U.S. border with Mexico.

Chanting "Visa! Visa!," Cubans with tickets booked for Ecuador complained that they would lose years of savings because of the change announced by the Ecuadoran government Thursday evening, which left them less than two business days to get their hands on a visa.

Deputy Foreign Minister Xavier Lasso said Ecuador would require visas of Cubans starting Dec. 1 in order to curb migration that he said "puts at risk men, women, and children." - AP