Video Coup d'état continues in Ecuador
Published 01 October, 2010, 01:04
Ecuadorean police officers participate in a demonstration at the main headquarters of the National Police over changes in benefits, in Quito September 30, 2010.
Chaos broke out in Ecuador when members of the nation’s military and national police forces turned to violence to protest a new law that reduces their pay and benefits.
The President of Ecuador has declared that there will be no pardon for the people involved in the alleged coup attempt against him.
Rafael Correa's words come after he was rescued by troops from a hospital where he was held for 12 hours. Correa said he was attacked by the police with tear gas and was hospitalized due to injuries.
“President Correa in Ecuador has been sequestered by police and military forces. He is in a military hospital where he was taken after he was attacked by the police forces, but he’s now being detained. He is not there anymore on his own will,” said Eva Golinger, who is in Caracas, Venezuela.
She explained that members of Correa’s government and his supporters have attempted to gain access to the president, but the military is denying them access. Meanwhile, opposition groups have spoken out in favor of the coup d'état and are calling for Correa’s resignation.
She explained that members of Correa’s government and his supports have attempted to gain access to the President, but the military is denying them access. Meanwhile, opposition groups have spoken out in favor of the Coup d'état and are calling for Correa’s resignation.
“The law that apparently the police were protesting seems to be just an excuse for some plans that were already underway to execute a coup against Correa,” Golinger said.
In a telephone interview earlier in the day, Correa said there were forces working to assassinate him, but he insisted that even if he is killed his policies will continue in his absence.
Correa’s government and policies have been in conflict with the United States for years, including his rejection of a US based that had been located in the country. Today the US still maintains a presence through the US Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy.
”Some of the groups coming out calling for the president’s resignation are known as groups receiving funding from these US agencies. So, again there is an indications already in just the beginning moments of this coup that’s underway of backing from different US agencies,” said Golinger.
Coup attempts in Latin America in recent years took place in nations that are or were members of the Bolivarian Alliance, which works to oppose US hegemony in the region.
“It seems to be that this is an attempt to deter Latin American integration and independence,” said Golinger.