TODAY’S ECUADOR IS NOTHING LIKE IT USED TO BE
By Manuel E. Yepe
A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.
It is becoming a rule that Latin American oligarchies removed from power by revolutionary processes respectful of the institutions of the old system, organize campaigns –with support from the intelligence and subversion organizations of the United States– against the democratic order that popular governments zealously defend because it was this same order that made their coming to power by the will of the people expressed at the ballot box possible.
Ecuador’s impressive achievements in education and health, in reducing poverty, inequality and unemployment; as well as in the protection of persons with disabilities, have placed it among the countries with the highest human development in the continent. The people have regained hope, faith in themselves and have developed a national project based on social cohesion.
Material advances include a road network unifying the country; large dams generating non-oil based alternative energy which provides infrastructure and governance in the country.
Additionally, the unquestionable merits of Rafael Correa in the exercise of external relations and his successful performance as President pro tempore of CELAC help explain the furious reaction against the prestigious president that Ecuadorian patriots are suffering
Correa’s courage in refusing to accept a financial aid program amounting to 50 million dollars in exchange for cancelling the political asylum granted to Edward Snowden in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, speaks volumes about the firmness and decency that safeguard the nation’s sovereignty, human rights and international law.
Or the brilliance and firmness with which the Ecuadorian government has conducted its confrontation with the transnational oil company Chevron leaving a trail of devastation in the Amazon areas where it operated until 1992. Chevron was responsible for 1400 deaths and an environmental disaster that villagers have been fighting in the courts for more than two decades without getting compensation from Chevron.
The enormous popularity of Correa has so far frustrated the strategies and tactics prescribed in the US subversion manuals.
But the oligarchy and its advisers in Langley and Wall Street decided to take advantage of Ecuador´s unfavorable situation resulting from low oil prices, the proximity of Pope Francis’ visit, and the 2017 presidential elections. These are in addition to the tenacious media campaign against President Correa, street protests of unprecedented violence which, though of little importance in terms of citizen participation, are being magnified by the national and foreign media – controlled by Washington– and describing them as “large popular demonstrations presaging the speedy overthrow of Correa”.
With unfounded slogans against the presidential bill on “Wealth Redistribution –which would affect less than 2% of the wealthiest sectors of the population for the benefit of the majority– and the draft Capital Gains Tax –which seeks to curb the illegal profits of speculators in the sale of land and property– a new imperialistic and oligarchic attempt was launched in Ecuador on June 8 to overthrow President Correa by stoking protests, primarily in Quito, the capital, and in the port of Guayaquil, a right-wing bastion.
The streets of some Ecuadorian cities saw the reproduction of tactics used in the so-called color revolutions –that have already been seen in several Middle East countries, the periphery of the former Soviet Union and in Venezuela last February– designed and driven by “non-governmental” organizations that are fronts for the CIA at the service of Washington’s foreign policy.
Amplified by the oligarchy’s and the empire’s media machinery, events in the destabilization plan followed the usual script in the cycle of attempted coups against the region’s independent governments.
Initially, President Correa advised the opposition to call off demonstrations and resort to the revocation consultation that the Ecuadorian Constitution establishes with regard to the terms all authorities elected by popular vote.
Since the opposition did not accept this, and in view of the destabilizing escalation, Correa decided to temporarily withdraw the bills and convene a national debate to socialize and examine those bills with the people during at least 90 days, to promote a peaceful atmosphere for the reception of Pope Francis between July 5 and 8.
If the national dialogue indicates that the poor would be negatively affected by any of these laws, as the right-wing cynically claims, their submission would be canceled immediately, said Correa.
June 24, 2015.