26 June 2015
A disturbing new video has surfaced encouraging the Ecuadorean police force to join destabilization efforts against the left-wing president, Rafael Correa.
The video, which appears to incite rebellion among the ranks of the Ecuadorean police department, is particularly alarming due to the role of the police in a 2010 coup attempt against President Rafael Correa.
The call for rebellion among the ranks of the Ecuadorean police department is particularly alarming due to the police role in a 2010 coup attempt.
Protests led by the defeated right-wing politicians
In recent weeks, a wave of protests, initially against tax hikes on the wealthiest, have demanded the ousting of the elected progressive president. The protests have been led by right-wing politicians linked to the old governing powers, swept from office by Rafael Correa’s election victory in 2007.
The 2010 coup attempt saw the military and the police conspire in events that saw the president injured and later detained against his will. Five people died and, in released recordings, police officers can be heard screaming “Kill the President”, “Kill Correa.” The president was ultimately rescued by loyal sections of the military and returned to the presidential palace, where thousands had gathered to show their support for the government.
After the failure of the previous coup attempt, numerous police officers were convicted and sentenced for their involvement in the mutiny. According to a 2014 report from the Police Inspector’s Office, a total of 600 police members were removed from their posts between 2013 and 2014 due to corruption and organised-crime related activities.
CIA accused of lending support to the country’s security institutions
Following the failed coup in 2010, both President Correa and Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño accused the CIA of lending support to the country’s security institutions including the Ecuadorean police.
Correa, who has served as President since 2007, has consistently had approval ratings of over 60 percent, making him one of the region’s most popular leaders.
The events of Sept. 30, 2010, echoed many others in Latin America’s past, when force was used to remove elected heads of state.
The images below show the police and military role in the 2010 coup. Our full gallery is here: