Ecuador: A third US sponsored coup d’etat against a member state of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA)
by Eva Golinger
UPDATE: 4:30pm, Police forces involved in coup in Ecuador against President Rafael Correa are violently repressing the people in the streets of Quito attempting to rescue President Correa, who remains sequestered by coup forces. Governments throughout Latin America have condemned the coup in Ecuador, but the US State Department merely said Washington was “monitoring the situation in Ecuador”.
A third coup d’etat is underway against a nation member of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA), a Latin American bloc of nations that opposes US hegemony in the region and has created new mechanisms for trade and integration based on principles of solidarity and independence from imperial powers.
In 2002, a coup d’etat by opposition forces backed by Washington briefly ousted Hugo Chavez from power in Venezuela. The coup was defeated by the people of Venezuela during a popular uprising rejecting the attempt to destroy democracy. Chavez returned to power two days later. Since then, Venezuela has suffered numerous destabilization attempts, economic sabotages, psychological warfare – both nationally and internationally – electoral intervention, assassination attempts against President Chavez, and a vicious international campaign to portray Venezuela as a dictatorship. This past weekend, opposition forces, funded and supported by US agencies, regained key seats in the nation’s legislature; a platform from where they can intensify their efforts to provoke regime change.
In June 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a coup d’etat backed by the Obama Administration and promoted by military and right wing forces in Honduras. Since then, Honduras has never recovered its democracy. Zelaya remains in exile.
Hiati is also another VICTIM of American Imperialism sponcered by USAID!!!
Now, Ecuador is victim of a coup against President Rafael Correa, an outspoken, solid revolutionary who ousted the US military base from his nation last year and has taken a firm stance against the US capitalist economic model imposed in his nation years ago. Security forces have risen up against his government, backed by political organizations funded by USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy.
An emergency meeting has been convened by ALBA and UNASUR nations in Argentina late Thursday night. President Correa’s life was in danger Thursday, as he remained sequestered by coup forces.
Another coup against ALBA attempts to impede Latin American liberation and integration, but the people remain defiant, with dignity.
Coup Attempt in Ecuador 2pm EST
By Eva Golinger Follow @evagolinger for updates www.chavezcode.com http://www.chavezcode.com/2010/09/urgent-coup-underway-in-ecuador.html UPDATE: 4pm EST
Several US-funded organizations have made calls to demand Correa’s resignation. The police forces behind the coup are maintaining President Rafael Correa sequestered in a military hospital. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez warned minutes ago that Correa’s life is in “severe danger”. Chávez also criticized the US State Department’s failure to condemn the coup underway in Ecuador this afternoon during their daily press briefing. State spokesman Phillip Crowley said the US is “monitoring the situation” in Ecuador, but failed to condemn the developments.
There is mass police repression in Quito against pro-Correa forces in the street. Telesur news team was detained by coup forces and prevented from broadcasting earlier this afternoon.
President Chávez left this afternoon for an emergency UNASUR meeting in Argentina. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Peruvian President Alan Garcia have confirmed their presence.
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 Patiño 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.
Ecuador: Wounded President denounces Coup
Ecuador in chaos as police sends president to hospital
Buenos Aires: President of Ecuador Rafael Correa remains in hospital after a tear gas attack during his speech to police, protesting against austerity cuts, regional and international media reported on Friday.
Police in the Latin American state, which has seen three presidents ousted in the past 13 years, took to the streets on Thursday a day after parliament passed a controversial bill to delay automatic promotions and ending bonuses and other benefits. The law is yet to officially enter force as it was not published by the state media.
One person was killed and dozens injured during the riots, Interior Minister Miguel Carvajal told on the CRE TV channel. Unconfirmed reports put the number of injured at about 50.
The turmoil in the politically turbulent state comes amid financial problems the country. The government defaulted more than $3.2 billion in international debt since 2008. LEGALLY
In November 2008, Ecuador became the first country to undertake an examination of the legitimacy and structure of its foreign debt. An independent debt audit commissioned by the government of Ecuador documented hundreds of allegations of irregularity, illegality, and illegitimacy in contracts of debt to predatory international lenders. The loans, according to the report, violated Ecuador’s domestic laws, US Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, and general principles of international law. Ecuador’s use of legitimacy as a legal argument for defaulting set a major precedent; indeed, the formation of a debt auditing commission sets a precedent.
OF COURSE AMERICAN BANKING INTERESTS DID NOT LIKE THIS SOLUTION. IF EVERY COUNTRY EXAMINED THIER DEBT AND FOUND IT TO BE FRAUD , THEN THE DEBT WOULD BE OVER , WE THE PEOPLE DEBT FREE AND THE BANKERS INSOLVENT!!
THE ICELANDIC PEOPLE DISCOVERED THIER DEBT WAS FRAUD AND REFUSED TO PAY, EVEN THOUGH THIER GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES WERE MORE THAN WILLING TO SELL THE ICELANDIC PEOPLE AS DEBT SLAVES. BUT ICELAND IS A DIRECT (TRUE) DEMOCRACY NOT A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY (ELECTED DICTATORSHIP)
Yet another day of Iceland banking arrests
Posted on11 May 2010.
Ingolfur Helgason, the former Director of Kaupthing Iceland, and Steingrimur Karason, former CEO of the bank’s risk management department, were both arrested today upon arriving back in Iceland. They went straight to interrogation with the Special Prosecutor and are being held in police cells.
Bankers jailed, sued as Iceland seeks culprits for crisis
Since Iceland’s three largest banks — Kaupthing, Landsbanki and Glitnir — collapsed in late 2008, their former executives and owners have largely been living untroubled lives abroad.
But the publication last month of a parliamentary inquiry into the island nation’s profound financial and economic crisis signaled a turning of the tide, laying much of the blame for the downfall on the former bank heads who had taken “inappropriate loans from the banks” they worked for.
On Wednesday, the administrators of Glitnir’s liquidation announced they had filed a two-billion-dollar (1.6-billion-euro) lawsuit in a New York court against former large shareholders and executives for alleged fraud.
THE GREEKS KNOW THIER DEBT IS FRAUD AS WELL. BUT GREECE(LIKE THE UK ,USA OR EU) IS AN ELECTED DICTATORSHIP ,SO NO VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE, THEY HAVE BEEN SOLD BY THIER GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AS DEBT SLAVES TO THE BANKERS INSTEAD!!!
Greek Bondholders “Fooled” or Goldman Sachs Committing Fraud?
Today, she questions why Bloomberg prefers to only discuss the Goldman Sachs-Greece cross currency swaps subterfuge as a sort of foolishness, rather than taking a much more serious tone.
Smith takes Bloomberg to task for using “fooled” when “more obvious F-words, like ‘Fraud’ (as in defrauded) or ‘fleeced’” should have been considered. Then, she digs into her banking experience to relate how to her it seems nearly impossible that Goldman wouldn’t know the nature and extent of the Greek swaps contracts when the bond offering was issued.
BUT EUROPE IS AWAKENING TO THE SOUND OF RIOTING!! GREECE IS BURNING!!
MEANWHILE BACK IN ECUADOR……….
“This is a coup d’etat attempt by opposition forces. They resorted to [violence] because they will not win the elections. I call on the citizens to stay calm,” the president told the national radio in a phone interview.
Correa, the first Ecuadorean president to win two terms in a row, said he had been taken to hospital after “a tear gas grenade blew up right next to my face” during his speech at a police barracks. Correa is unable to leave the building, which is surrounded by an angry crowd, chanting “Long live civil war!”
“It seems that the hospital is under siege,” Correa said, adding that the uprising was “a conspiracy planned long ago.”
The president said he was set to leave the ward “as soon as possible” and will not negotiate with protestors unless the violence comes to a halt.
“I will leave it [the hospital] as president, or they will have to carry my corpse out of here,” he added.
The government subsequently declared a weeklong state of siege. Flights from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport serving the capital Quito were suspended as it was seized by protestors, but resumed earlier on Friday. There are also reports of violence and looting in the capital and other cities.
According to local media reports, the government is how discussing the possibility of dismissing the National Assembly and announcing early presidential and parliamentary elections. The decision, if made, is to be approved by the country’s constitutional court.
The country’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, called on the citizens to “walk peacefully to the hospital, where the president is blocked by police officers.” The crowd of Correa’s supporters, who marched towards the hospital, was teargased by protestors.
“This is not Honduras. Correa is president,” the supporters chanted, walking through the smoke, Reuters reported.
Protestors also broke into the building of the local ECTV TV channel in an attempt to cut signal.
The CRE TV channel reported that servicemen of the Ecuadorean air force have seized hangars where the presidential plane and helicopter are being kept, seeking to prevent the president from leaving the country.
Coup d’état continues in Ecuador
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 coup d’état has not ended and it has not failed, argued author and lawyer Eva Golinger, who is in Caracas, Venezuela. The coup d’état is ongoing, she said.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said he was attacked by police with tear gas. He has been 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 n his own will,” said Golinger.
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 be 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.
It has been reported that Correa said there was an attempt on his life.
“That’s not exactly what he said,” said Upéry. “He went to talk to the policemen in one of their camps and there he said, ‘well if you want to kill me, kill me’. The fact is they didn’t kill him.”
But, when the president left some policemen used a noxious gas which did impact him.
“If they wanted to kill him, they could have killed him very easily,” said Upéry.
He explained that he is still not sure what the policemen want, their only demands have been that the law be changed to return the benefits they feel they have lost.
The national army has however issued a declaration in support of Correa and issued a state of emergency, placing them in charge.
The people of Ecuador have come out in strong support for the president. The people want the police to stop and the president to be released, even though some do understand the concerns of the police force, said Upéry.
CIA tipped off Mugabe on Ecuador
ZIMBABWE-HARARE-Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was tipped off against going to Ecuador by the America Central Intelligence Agency, as they had information about an impending political upheaval in the volatile country, Zimdaily has learnt. Despite posturing… Full Article at Zimbabwe Daily News
WHAT IS IT WITH AMERICANS!! THEY ARE THE MOST ANTI-FREEDOM IMPERIALISTS I KNOW. LOUD MOUTHED AND IGNORANT.
THIER ARMY IS A JOKE ,EVEN THOUGH THEY SPEND MORE ON THIER ARMY THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD PUT TOGETHER , THIER ARMY CANNOT BEAT A BUNCH OF CAVE DWELLING GOATHERDERS. I SUPPOSE THAT IS WHY THEY NOW USE THE LOCAL BOOT BOYS…THEY ARE CHEAPER TOO!
THE AMERICANS ARE A NATION OF SPINELESS DELUSIONAL COWARDS!!!
THAT IS WHY YOU SEND REMOTE DRONES TO KILL FROM THE SAFTEY OF YOUR WASHINGTON OFFICE.
THAT IS WHY YOU COWER IN THE LATEST HOVERING ARMED DEATH MACHINE SHOOTING UNARMED CHILDREN FOR FUN!!
THAT IS WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SILENT ,STUFFING BURGERS IN THIER MOUTHS ,WHILE EUROPEANS TAKE TO THE STREETS AND FIGHT THE POWER OF ARMED RIOT POLICE!!!
FYI AMERICA THIS IS REAL LIBERTARIANISM!!!
THE FACT THAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS, IS WHY YOU ARE UP SHIT CREEK WATCHING YOUR PADDLE FLOAT OFF INTO THE DISTANCE!!
AMERICANS ARE DUMB, BURGER EATING SURRENDER MONKEYS!!!
MAYBE ITS TIME TO PUT DOWN THE BURGER AND TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY!!!