Pres Correa claims destabilization attempts in Ecuador similar to Argentina, Venezuela

Posted on September 23, 2014 • Filed under: Conflicts, Ecuador, Police/Military Activity, Politics

CONCERNING SEPT 17TH, 2014 PROTESTS/REPORTS 120 DETAINED/34 POLICE INJURED reported at the celebration for workers rights in Independence Plaza, President Correa said that destabilization attempts in Ecuador are “similar” to what has occurred in Venezuela and in Argentina. Unidos is an effort by Correa’s government to broaden its base by bringing the left together against the threat of a growing right.

The Ministry of the Interior is carrying out an investigation into whether there were infiltrators in the march last Wednesday, who provoked police officers and the violence which ensued, resulting in 120 people detained, 54 of whom were minors. President Correa has estimated that 30 percent of the detained youth are not students, but rather infiltrators that are currently being tried in court.

Official reports reveal 34 police officers were injured in the confrontation, and it remains unknown how many demonstrators required medical attention.


Minister of the Interior Jose Serrano denies that there was police repression, and announced on Saturday that materials to make Molotov cocktails were found in the Teachers Association of the Mejia School, one of the leading actors in the demonstrations last Wednesday. The materials were similar to what was found in the San Francisco Plaza, the scene of the confrontation between police and protestors.

The march of the FUT went beyond unions to include various sectors of Ecuadorian society, including students, indigenous organizations and other groups disgruntled with the government management of a range of issues. The march in principal was organized in rejection of proposed reforms to the 1948 Labor Code, which unions maintain would limit their right to strike and take away certain benefits. Read Article

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