OCTOBER NEWSLETTER: Ecuador Faces a Right-Wing Backlash
08 de Octubre de 2015 - 08h53
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After proposing new taxes on the very wealthy earlier this year, some of the country’s most powerful right-wing politicians called a wave of protests over the Summer that soon turned violent. They demanded not only the withdrawal of the taxes, but the ousting of the elected government of Rafael Correa. Some tried to portray this as a popular uprising rather than a defence of privilege, wealth and power by the elite.
Here Guillaume Long, President of the International Relations Commission of Ecuador’s governing Alianza País party, looks at the truth behind recent events.
READ THE INTERVIEW HERE
President Correa Addresses UN
Addressing the UN in September, President Rafael quoted Gandhi that “poverty is the worst form of violence” and stressed the need to ensure social justice for all by tackling all inequality. He also called for greater international support for migrants, a Universal Declaration of the Right of Nature (a right already enshrined in Ecuador’s constitution) and for an end to the US blockade of Cuba.
WATCH THE VIDEO IN ENGLISH HERE
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Come and Hear Ecuador’s New Ambassador to the UK
Ecuador’s new Ambassador Carlos Abad Ortiz will be joining with a panel of Latin American and European speakers on Saturday 10 October to discuss lessons from both continents in building a more equal world .
Other speakers include Richard Burgon MP, Marina Prentoulis from Syriza (Greece), Barry McColgan, Sinn Fein (Ireland), Dr. Francisco Dominguez, VSC Secretary & co-author, Right Wing Politics in the New Latin America plus speakers from Venezuela, and Brazil.
Where and When? Saturday October 10 2015, 1.30pm at the Discus Room, Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN (Nearest Tube: Holborn) You can register online here
and on Facebook here
Ecuador Remembers Those Killed in the 2010 Coup Attempt
On September 30th , Ecuador commemorated five years since the failed coup in 2010. Then the military and the police conspired in events that saw the president injured and later detained against his will. Five people died including the President’s bodyguard and in recordings police officers can be heard screaming “Kill the President”, “Kill Correa”.
The events of September 30 2010 echoed many others in Latin America’s past, when force was used to remove elected heads of state. But soon afterwards the country’s old elite, tried to convince the world that no coup had taken place
TeleSUR has produced this video and photo gallery documenting the truth about events
President Correa’s Approval ratings at 65%
President Rafael Correa’s administration has an approval rating of 65% according to a poll released in early September. The poll places him as the fourth most popular leader in Latin America.
Ecuador in World’s Top 10 for Most Women in Parliament
A new study by the World Economic Forum places Ecuador 8th for the most women in parliament, with 42%.
Latin American Progressive Parties Meet in Ecuador
With growing efforts by right-wing movements to force out the elected governments in Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela, Latin America’s progressive parties held a three day event in Ecuador in September to discuss how best to defeat this backlash.
Speakers included the Cuban 5 ; Alvaro Garcia, the Bolivian Vice President; Leading Colombian peace activist Pierda Córdoba; and José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, who fought with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolution as well as Ecuador’s President Correa.
Over 60 progressive parties attended the conference and the final statement condemned “any attempts to destabilize (elected governments) using violence or undemocratic means”. It welcomed the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States but demanded “the closure of the Guantanamo base” and an end to “the financial and commercial blockade against the island.” It welcomed the peace process being developed in Colombia to end that country’s 50 year war.