Thursday, 30 September 2010
BREAKING NEWS: COUP ATTEMPT AGAINST ECUADOREAN LEFT NATIONALIST PRESIDENT: CORREA
History cannot be turned back in Latin America
[The nationally assembly says that it will not give in, or dialogue with the protesting police and armed forces until the president has been safely returned to his office at the national palace. People are going in masses to RETIEVE THEIR PRESIDENT from the police hospital. - Sons of Malcolm]
A coup attempt is underway against the government of President Rafael
Correa. On Thursday morning, groups of police forces rebelled and
took over key strategic sites in Quito, Ecuador’s capital. President
Correa immediately went to the military base occupied by the police
leading the protest to work out a solution to the situation. The
police protesting claimed a new law passed on Wednesday regarding
public officials would reduce their benefits.
Nonetheless, President Correa affirmed that his government has
actually doubled police wages over the past four years. The law would
not cut benefits but rather restructure them. The law was used as an
excuse to justify the police protest. But other forces are behind the
chaos, attempting to provoke a coup led by former president Lucio
Guitierrez, who was impeached by popular revolt in Ecuador in 2005.
“This is a coup attempt led by Lucio Guitierrez”, denounced Correa on
Thursday afternoon via telephone. Correa was attacked by the police
forces with tear gas. "Kill me if you need to. There will be other
Correa's", said the President, addressing the police rebellion. He
was hospitalized shortly after at a military hospital, which has now
been taking over by coup forces. As of 1pm Thursday, police forces
were attempting to access his hospital room to possibly assassinate
Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño called on supporters to go to the
hospital to defend Correa and prevent his assassination. Military
forces took over an air base in Quito to prevent air transit and took
over nearby streets to prevent Correa's supporters from mobilizing
towards the hospital. Other security forces took over the parliament,
preventing legislators from accessing the state institution and
causing severe chaos and violence. Thousands of supporters filled
Quito’s streets, gathering around the presidential palace, backing
Correa and rejecting the coup attempt.
At 2pm EST, the Ecuadorian government declared an emergency state.
Countries throughout the region expressed support for Correa and
condemned the destabilization. The Organization of American States in
Washington called an emergency meeting at 2:30pm EST. ALBA nations
and UNASUR are also convening.
Ecuador is a member of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA)
and a close ally of Venezuela. Last June, Honduras, a prior ALBA
member, was victim of a coup d'etat that forced President Manuel
Zelaya from power. The coup was backed by Washington. In 2002,
Venezuela was also subject to a Washington-backed coup d'etat that
briefly ousted President Chavez from power. He was returned to office
within 48 hours after millions of Venezuelans protested and defeated
the US-backed coup leaders.
Ecuador is the newest victim of destabilization in South America.
USAID channels millions annually into political groups against Correa
that could be behind the coup attempt.
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