A Message of Terror: Headquarters of Ecuador’s Ruling Party Bombed

Source:  TeleSUR

July 14 2015

The attack took place at a time of high tension for the government. Authorities say the bomb was well-made and thoughtfully planned.

The attack took place at a time of high tension for the government. Authorities say the bomb was well-made and thoughtfully planned.

 Message of Terror

A bomb damaged the headquarters of the ruling PAIS Alliance party in the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, late Monday night, which a PAIS legislator has labeled a “message of terror.”

The bombing took place around 10:40 p.m. Monday. No details were released regarding possible motives or suspects. While no one was injured, the bomb was strong enough to damage the concrete wall and sent debris into the adjacent street. PAIS legislator Bairon Valle said the explosion was felt in a three-block radius. “This was not a household item,” Valle said, according to national newspaper El Telegrafo, “but a high-caliber bomb, strategically placed to destroy the entire first floor of the building.”

The action was well-planned using an elaborate bomb

Provincial Governor Julio Cesar Quinonez agreed with Valle’s assessment Tuesday morning on national TV, saying the explosive device was a result of “thoughtful planning,” and that it was not a typical homemade bomb. “So far what we know about the police investigation is that this was a bomb thrown at the headquarters of the country.  The action was well-planned using an elaborate bomb, which worries us even more.  The bomb did not leave a container or traces behind … it was not a homemade bomb, but the result of thought and planning to create a well-developed bomb. We are expecting a report at noon.”

Tensions in the South American country have been high since the government of Rafael Correa introduced two bills aimed at redistributing wealth and improving inequality in the country. Political opposition factions have largely rejected the president’s calls for dialogue, choosing to engage instead in street protests, some of which have turned violent. To quell the unrest, President Correa opted to temporarily withdraw the bills in order to hold a nationwide debate about the aims of the bills and the direction of the country.

Valle said he is sorry this attack happened at a time when President Rafael Correa is trying to bring political sides together to have a national debate. “We are concerned about divisive acts like this, which send messages of terror … it’s a clear message that the will is not there to discuss the issues, but rather to create commotion.”

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Viviana Bonilla, the Ecuadorean national secretary for political management, responded to the bombing on her Twitter account, saying, “Through dialogue everything, through force nothing. We should all reject violence.”

Source:  Headquarters of Ecuador’s Ruling Party Bombed   TeleSUR

2 thoughts on “A Message of Terror: Headquarters of Ecuador’s Ruling Party Bombed

  1. Tactically I believe that Presisent Correas and his ruling party PAIS did the right thing to withdrawal the bills intended to improve the wealth gap and improve the lives of less fortunate Ecuadorians.

    Clearly the strategy to improve the wealth gap between the superich and the super poor must remain in place. The latter objective is a critical element of the ongoing transformation of Ecuadorian society to serve the majority of those who have been left out and ignored since the colonization of that South American country.

    However, it appears that more time is needed to engage the population including those political and social forces allied to the oligarchy in a discussion of the income-wealth gap , the bills at issue and more generally the political direction of the country is a welcomed move for the society.

    First, the President’s decision to temporarily withdraw the bills will provide the political representatives of the local oligarchy and imperialism in the Congress with further opportunity to debate with the political representatives of the ruling party about income-wealth inequality. The latter opportunity will give them an opportunity to provide their proposals to deal with the vexing and divisive issue that is driving the oligarchy to adopt desperate means which no doubt includes the bombing of the headquarters of the ruling party.

    Secondly, the President’s tactical decision will very likely provide the ruling party and the oligarchy’s party with a better feel for the political mood of the country regarding the bills in question and the bigger issues of inequality and the direction of the country. However, perhaps more importantly it will provide an opportunity for the President and his party and the party of the oligarchy to get a better assessment of the balance of forces as it relates not solely to the bills but to the capacity of the revolution to take on at this time the critical albeit divisive issue of income-wealth distribution without blowing to bits the cohesiveness of the society. In other words, it would appear to me that President Correas is astutely taking the political pulse of his society to better determine whether the social forces are sufficiently lined up to withstand the desperate acts of barbarism including bombings and perhaps murders that will inevitably escalate from the oligarchy and their imperialist guardians as the nationalist revolution deepens over the issue of income-wealth inequality in the country. Indeed, the late Kwame Ture aka Stokely Carmichael one said that whether a revolution adopts a peaceful or a violent path does not depend on revolutionaries instead it depends on the enemies of the revolution. The developing situation in Ecuador bears witness to Kwame Ture’s analysis. However, the revolution must be positioned to adapt to whatever political tactics its enemies employ in order to protect its gains. To do this, the people must not only desire and want the gains of the revolution in job creation, education, health care and others they must also be sufficiently organized, mobilized and politically educated to withstand the violence of the enemies to defend these gains.

    It would appear to me that President Correas has some questions maybe even some doubts about the political willingness and maybe the level of organization of ordinary Ecuadorians to withstand the violence of the oligarchy. As such, his tactical move to temporarily withdraw the bills addressing the income-wealth gap is perhaps partly intended to engage some more the oligarchy and its political representatives over this issue and to simultaneously use the engagement to buy time in order to build up more the grassroots structures that will be indispensable to confront the inevitable violence of the oligarchy and their imperial masters.

    In this regard, a third objective of the President ‘s tactical move in withdrawing the bills in question is to provide his society with a respite to reflect on the political direction of the society in order potentially mitigate some of the horrible costs of the oligarchy’s violence. In other words, as the political leader of his country,

    Clearly, President Correas recognizes that the effective transformation of Ecuador is not possible in an environment of fear, murders, bombings, blood and destruction and so he understands that peace and stability are required. The latter is particularly so if in fact his assessment is that the main beneficiaries of the gains of the revolution-poor people are not adequately prepared politically and organizationally to take on the violence of the oligarchy and its imperialist guardians over the strategic issue of income-wealth inequality so crucial to the revolution but which can be temporarily suspended to safe lives and buy some time to reassess the capabilities of the revolution in light of the changing political and social balance of forces.

    I believe that Bob Marley sums up very well what appears to be President Correas’ tactical decision when he says in his song “Heathen” ” ……He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.” I fully agree with Bob Marley except that I would add that in the case of a revolution that is fighting for its very life against a powerful domestic and foreign enemies, a tactical step back from an issue can actually save the life of the revolution for decades to come. Time will tell whether President Correas’ tactical move will enable the revolution in Ecuador to fight on for years and decades to come.

    Peace if you are willing to fight for it!

  2. We in Jamaica clearly remember the Eventide Home and Orange Lane fires when CIA was destabilizing Michael Manley’s similar efforts at income and power redistribution. We support Ecuador’s justice-loving people and leadership in their struggles.

    South-south cooperation must be strengthened in all our minds for when the right time comes.

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