[News] Correa: National Strike in Ecuador Part of Destabilization Plans
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Fri Jul 17 17:24:15 EDT 2015
*Correa: National Strike in Ecuador Part of Destabilization Plans *
17 July 2015
/*“What they could not achieve at the ballot box they want to achieve
through force, with violence, through manipulation,” said Correa. */
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is questioning the motives of
opposition political forces calling for a national strike in August of
"Now that we have the highest wages in the Andean region they're call
for a strike? Now that workers are affiliated into the social security
system they call for a strike? Now that the rights of our people are
respected they called for a strike?" asked Correa on Thursday.
The Ecuadorean head of state said that the upcoming strike by opposition
groups was called by their leadership for political motives: “what they
could not achieve at the ballot box they want to achieve through force,
with violence, through manipulation,” he said.
The South American country has recently been witness to often-violent
protests by opposition forces whose aim is to create instability. These
protests, which counted on the presence of prominent right-wing leaders,
were ostensibly triggered by the introduction of an inheritance and
capital gains bill aimed at redistributing wealth in the country.
A recent protest in the capital of Quito saw masked protesters attack
police in an effort to break police lines and storm the presidential
Intelligence sources revealed the day before the protest that tactic
would be pursued in an effort to foment a coup against the popular and
The cobbled-together opposition to Correa's government include strange
bedfellows, with some small leftist political forces, many whom were
close to previous neoliberal governments, aligning themselves with
August's national strike has been called by in part by trade unions
opposed to the government.
President Correa has warned the recent spate of protests is part of a
broader strategy in the region to sow instability in countries run by
leftist governments. A similar strategy was employed against Venezuela
and the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro, where violent protests
resulted in the deaths of 43 people, the majority of whom were
government supporters. Those protests eventually led to unilateral
sanctions against Venezuela by the United States.
“The (protests against the) inheritance and capital gains laws were just
an excuse, the reality is that it is the permanent mobilization to try
to wear down the government, to destabilize,” said Correa.
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