Ecuador: Disturbing Video Incites Police Rebellion Against President Correa

Source:  TeleSUR

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.

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

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 call for rebellion among the ranks of the Ecuadorean police department is particularly alarming due to the police role in a 2010 coup attempt.

RELATED: Read more about the 2010 coup and the right-wing attack on Ecuador’s democracy

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:

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ecuador 2010 2

Source:  Disturbing Video Incites Police Rebellion Against Ecuador’s President Correa  TeleSUR

One thought on “Ecuador: Disturbing Video Incites Police Rebellion Against President Correa

  1. There is and should be no surprise about the role of members of the Ecuadorian security forces in the 2010 coup and more recently against the Correa government.

    There are important reasons for the involvement of the security forces in these coup attempts. However, perhaps the main reason is that the security forces like the courts and the media in Ecuador are critical arms in the repressive machinery of the wealthy oligarchic and imperialist interests in Ecuador.

    As such the those who defend the progressive transformation of societies whether in Ecuador or Venezuela, Haiti or Jamaica, Burundi or South Africa, India or China, America or France should always expect not only the security forces but the courts and the media or at least sections of them to defend those with wealth and power. These political institutions were designed and established and their operatives trained and socialized to protect sometimes in very brutal ways the class privileges, wealth and power of those who have always ruled these societies. Indeed, the operatives who are in charge of these repressive institutions are socialized to believe that “there is no alternative to the status quo.” In other words police and military officers, journalists, teachers and professors at all levels of education, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, lawyers and judges and other state officials including those from the lower classes are socialized to believe that there is no alternative to capitalism. Additionally, they are taught that any “alternative”to capitalism to the extent that it exists whether it is socialism or any other progressive reordering of capitalism will create disorder and crisis and as such are not meant to be the “natural order” as capitalism in a society.

    Consequently, the active participation of segments of the security forces against the Correa government is the direction result of their political and ideological brainwashing to identify with and to serve the interests of the wealthy and powerful and to oppose the class interests of workers and the poorer classes in society.

    Thus in the context of the foregoing, it is inevitable that the security forces in Ecuador will be involved in future coup attempts against the elected government of President of Correa .The primary reason is that the transformation of the Ecuadorian society under Correa is opposed to the entrenched socio-economic and socio-political interests of the oligarchy and imperialism that they have been established to defend to the death.

    Therefore the major political challenge of the Correa government and all progressive forces in the region and the world must be VILIGANCE against the class forces in the state apparatus including the security forces who would like to put an end to the progressive transformations that are improving the lives of ordinary Ecuadorians. Indeed, the best way to be viligant against these oppressive forces is to deepen the progressive transformations of the society to benefit the poor and to ensure that they are organized and armed in each village, each school, each community and each factory to defend their gains against the oligarchy and their imperialist guardians.

    Peace if you are willing to fight for it!

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