Book reports 82 Cases of repression in Ecuador recorded between 2007 – 2015

Posted on May 3, 2016 • Filed under: Conflicts, Ecuador, Politics reported According to the book ‘Criminalization of Protest’ by activist Karla Calapaqui, published in January 2016, 82 cases of government repression were recorded in Ecuador between 2007 and 2015, affecting 681 people. Some of the more controversial cases are outlined below, evidencing excessive use of force and rights violations.

1. Where it all started: The parish of Dayuma in the province of Orellana was the first place to experience militarization and repression by Correa’s Government in 2007. Claiming ‘a serious internal commotion’, a state of emergency was declared across the whole province. There were reports of aggression against the people, torture, threats of rape and arbitrary detentions.
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2. Social organizations: The book states that the Government has stigmatized social organizations of workers, teachers, doctors, indigenous groups, traders and ecologists. Notable examples include the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE for its Spanish acronym), the National Union of Educators (UNE) and the United Workers’ Front (FUT), which have led social mobilizations.


3. Political organizations: Political opposition groups have been discredited and sometimes even persecuted and prosecuted. Two examples are the Popular Democratic Movement (MPD), which was controversially removed from the electoral register; and the Pachakutik Movement, which is constantly subjected to insults such as ‘crazy indigenous’, ‘golden ponchos’ and ‘infantile indigenous.’ The Rupture of the 25 Movement was labelled a traitor, sanctioned by the National Electoral Council and removed from the electoral register. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE

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