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Coup Attempt in Ecuador (4 posts)

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Coup Attempt in Ecuador (4 posts)

* Coup Attempt in Ecuador (Eva Golinger at 2:00 pm EST)
* Obama Administration Should Oppose Any Attempted Coup in 
  Ecuador (Center for Economic and Policy Research)
* Ecuador declares state of emergency amid 'coup attempt'
  (British Broadcasting Corporation - 3:27 pm)
* Military Coup in the Making in Ecuador (SOA Watch)
* Live coverage from Ecuador on Telesur

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Coup Attempt in Ecuador

By Eva Golinger
Twitter updates @evagolinger

September 30, 2010 -- 2pm EST

http://www.chavezcode.com/2010/09/urgent-coup-underway-in-ecuador.html


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 him.

Foreign Minister Ricardo PatiƱo 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.

Information in development
www.chavezcode.com

==========

* Obama Administration Should Oppose Any Attempted Coup in
Ecuador

Center for Economic and Policy Research

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2010
Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/press-releases/press-releases/obama-should-oppose-attempted-coup-in-ecuador

Washington, D.C. - There are currently reports of a possible
attempted coup d'etat underway in Ecuador. There have been
violent protests by police and some elements of the
military, reports that President Correa has been injured,
and reports that the air force has closed down a number of
airports.

The Organization of American States will convene an
emergency meeting at 2:30 Eastern Standard Time in
Washington D.C., to consider the situation.

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center For Economic and
Policy Research, called upon President Obama to state
unequivocally that the United States will not recognize any
government other than the democratically elected government
of President Rafael Correa.

Weisbrot noted that the White House statement of June 28,
2009,  in response to the military coup in Honduras, did not
make any such assertion, and in fact did not even condemn
the coup.

"These types of statements are very important, in that the
people who are trying to overthrow a democratic government
are looking for signs of whether a coup government will be
recognized by the United States. The first White House
statement last year in response to the Honduran military
coup sent the wrong signal at a crucial moment."

At the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad in April 2009,
President Obama stated: "I just want to make absolutely
clear that I am absolutely opposed and condemn any efforts
at violent overthrows of democratically elected governments,
wherever it happens in the hemisphere.

"This is an important time for President Obama to live up to
this commitment," said Weisbrot.

==========

Ecuador declares state of emergency amid 'coup attempt'

BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation
30 September 2010 Last updated at 15:27 ET

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11447519

A state of emergency has been declared in Ecuador after
President Rafael Correa accused the opposition and security
forces of a coup attempt.

Mr Correa was earlier forced to flee a protest in the
capital, Quito, after tear gas was fired. Troops took over
the main airport, forcing it to close.

Unrest was reported in several towns, as Peru closed its
border with Ecuador.

The protesters are angry at a new law passed on Wednesday
that ends bonuses and other benefits for public servants.

On Thursday morning, members of the armed forces and police
angry at the austerity measures occupied several barracks
and set up road blocks across Ecuador to demand they be
abandoned by the government.

Television stations showed images of police setting tires on
fire in the streets of Quito, Guayaquil and other cities.
The National Assembly building was also occupied.

In a speech to soldiers from Quito's main barracks,
President Correa said: "If you want to kill the president,
here he is. Kill him, if you want to. Kill him if you are
brave enough.

"If you want to seize the barracks, if you want to leave
citizens undefended, if you want to betray the mission of
the police force, go ahead. But this government will do what
has to be done. This president will not take a step back."

However, Mr Correa was forced to flee the barracks wearing a
gas mask shortly afterwards when tear gas was fired by the
protesters.

The president was later treated for the effects of the gas
at a police hospital, from where he told local media that he
had been "attacked".

"They threw tear gas at us. One exploded near my face. It
stunned me and my wife for a few seconds, probably minutes,"
he said. "I had to put on a gas mask and some cowards took
it off me so I would suffocate.

"I mean they shot at the president - it's incredible - our
security forces, our national police."

"It is a coup attempt led by the opposition and certain
sections of the armed forces and the police," he added.
"Whatever happens to me I want to express my love for my
family and my homeland."

Meanwhile, about 300 air force personnel and soldiers took
control of the runway at Quito's Mariscal Sucre
International Airport, causing flights to be grounded.

The protesters carried signs demanding the government give
more respect to the military over benefits, witnesses told
the Reuters news agency.

The US embassy said Guayaquil's airport was also closed and
warned US citizens to "stay in their homes or current
location, if safe".

Despite the unrest, the head of Armed Forces Joint Command,
Gen Luis Ernesto Gonzalez Villarreal, said the troops
remained loyal.

"We live in a state which is governed by laws, and we are
subordinate to the highest authority which is the president
of the republic," he said.

"We will take whatever appropriate action the government
decides on."

The country's central bank chief, Diego Borja, meanwhile
urged its citizens not to withdraw money from the country's
banks amid reports of looting. Many schools and business
were also closed because of the unrest.

One BBC News website reader in Guayaquil said three of the
city's banks had been robbed, and described Ecuador as a
"disaster zone".

"We don't know what will happen," he said. "There are no law
enforcement agencies working. You can't go out in the
streets."

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez appealed to the people of
South America to defend his fellow leader, while Peruvian
President Alan Garcia ordered his nation's border with
Ecuador closed until Mr Correa's "democratic authority" was
re-established.

The US state department said it was "closely monitoring" the
situation.

Members of Mr Correa's left-wing party have threatened to
block proposals to shrink the country's bureaucracy,
prompting him to consider disbanding Congress and ruling by
decree until new elections.

Such a move would have to be approved by the Constitutional
Court.

Ecuador has a history of political instability. Protests
toppled three presidents during economic turmoil in the
decade before Mr Correa, a 47-year-old US-trained economist,
took power in 2007.

==========

* Military Coup in the Making in Ecuador

U.S. Training of Latin American soldiers undermines
democracy and U.S. government response to military coup in
Honduras emboldened right-wing in Latin America

SOA Watch - School of the Americas Watch

SOA Watch <[log in to unmask]>

September 30, 2010 -- 06:53:25 PM EDT

As predicted by human rights groups, the U.S. support for
the military coup government in Honduras has emboldened
right-wing forces and caused more instability throughout the
Americas.

President Rafael Correa is currently in the military
hospital being treated for tear gas inhalation, about 45
minutes ago, he spoke live on the radio. He has made a
statement that the integrity of the democratic revolution
needs to be defended peacefully. He also said if he is
assassinated, that he blames the opposition. He said that
there are police trying to get to him through the windows
and the roof of the hospital.

In his radio address the President did talk about this being
a Coup attempt lead by the Police, Military close to an ex-
President, but also by the Opposition and the ex-President
Lucio Gutierrez. He stated that there is an attempt to
destabilize the democratic citizen revolution that has
happened in Ecuador. At this moment, the pro-democracy
movement is gathering in the thousands in the capital but in
all the plazas across the country. There are also people
marching to the hospital to protect the President.

Today, September 30, 2010, around 8am, 150 or more Ecuadoran
troops took over the international airport in Quito in
protest to congress cutting benefits to police and military.

There have been violent protests by police and some elements
of the military, reports that President Correa has been
injured, and reports that the air force has closed down a
number of airports. Shutting down the airport and cutting
off highway access to the capital Quito, troops rampage
through Quito, Guayaquil and other cities with tear gas and
burning cars. Protesters are demanding that the government
give more respect to military and increase benefits.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricarto Patina played down the
severity in a BBC report saying that "This is not a popular
mobilization; it is not a popular uprising. It is an
uprising by the police who are ill-informed."

"We're faced with a process of destabilization of the
national government and democracy in Ecuador," Interior
Minister Miguel Carvajal said, according to the EFE news
service.

The UNA-SUR and ALBA countries are meeting right now to
activate solidarity to protect the democratic process in the
country and denounce the Coup. And the OAS (Organization of
American States) called an special session in DC that is
meeting right now. The OAS stated its support for the
constitutional government of Ecuador. Earlier the head of
the OAS stated this was a police insurrection and not a
Coup. Here is live coverage of what is happening Ecuador on
TeleSUR (Spanish)

Thousands of Ecuadoran troops have been trained at the
School of the Americas. The Pentagon claim -- that the
institute instills respect for democracy and civilian
leadership while teaching combat skills to Latin American
soldiers -- has once again been disproved.

Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa has pursued economic moves
to correct Ecuador's debt imbalance and refused to allow the
United States to continue to use the Manta military base for
U.S. soldiers.

The SOA has a long history of being involved in military
coups in Latin American. In April 2002, the democratically
elected Chavez government of Venezuela was briefly
overthrown, and the SOA-trained soldiers Efrain Vasquez
Velasco, ex-army commander, and Gen. Ramirez Poveda, were
key players in the coup attempt.

Since 1946, the SOA/WHINSEC has trained over 60,000 Latin
American soldiers in counter-insurgency techniques, sniper
skills, commando and psychological warfare, military
intelligence and interrogation tactics. Human Rights groups
are calling for the closure of the institute. From November
19-21, 2010, thousands will converge on Fort Benning,
Georgia to engage in nonviolent direct action and to call
for the closure of the School of the Americas. For more
information, visit www.SOAW.org.

Stand up for justice: SOAW.org/take-action/november-vigil

Our mailing address is:
SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, D.C. 20017, USA

Our telephone: (202) 234 3440

==========

* Live coverage from Ecuador on Telesur

http://www.telesurtv.net/noticias/canal/senalenvivo.php

==========

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