Dialogue Widens in Ecuador as President Faces ‘Soft Coup’

Source:  TeleSUR
22 July 2015

Members of the PAIS Alliance party movement are committed a national dialogue across Ecuador despite calls for an uprising against the government.

ecuador dialogue widensMore and more leaders have committed to participate in the Ecuador’s National Dialogue for Equality and Social Justice amid calls for continued protests against the administration of President Rafael Correa. 1,400 mayors and other authorities of the PAIS Alliance party met with President Rafael Correa to discuss strategies to strengthen the dialogue in various places across Ecuador.

The need for peaceful dialogue

President Rafael Correa stressed the need for peaceful discourse when some members of the opposition support a “soft coup”. “There is a soft coup in the making,” the president told the press. “While there are people with good intentions who are democratically exercising their right to protest because they disagree with aspects of this government, there are others who have been for months, I mentioned this over a year ago, are trying to destabilize the government and wear us down as much as possible.”

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Those present at the meeting with President Correa and other leaders of the PAIS Alliance party movement discussed how the national dialogue can be supported to ensure greater communication between citizens and the national government.

A debate on equality and social justice

“The Citizen’s Revolution has always been open to dialogue with citizens, but today this dialogue has a specific objective,” Secretary General of the PAIS Alliance Party Doris Soliz told teleSUR. “It is a debate on equality and social justice. How Ecuadorean society is comprised, and in what direction it should continue growing. We have put forward a theory, that we must improve the inheritance and capital gains bills, so that unfounded wealth speculation is avoided.”

The National Assembly is putting forward its own dialogue, and United Front block, made up of 14 political parties and organizations has said that they are working to promote debate in all corners of the country. “This political debate is put forward and deepened by political organizations that are today making this call, and we the leaders of these political organizations of the United Front are ready to debate with ideas,” said President of the United Front Fabian Solano to teleSUR.

Dialogue and debates have been held in neighborhoods throughout the nation, to discuss wealth redistribution and the future of the country. While increasingly more sectors are opening themselves up for debate, the opposition is moving forward with plans for an indigenous-led uprising and national strike, insisting that the dialogue would not serve their interests.

Source:  Dialogue Widens in Ecuador as President Faces ‘Soft Coup’  TeleSUR

One thought on “Dialogue Widens in Ecuador as President Faces ‘Soft Coup’

  1. The tactical decision of President Correa, his government and political party PAIS to promote dialogue with all sectors of the population about income-wealth distribution and the political direction of the country is smart politics for a number of reasons.

    First, dialogue is integral to the deepening of the democratic process because it empowers everybody particularly ordinary folks who have never been consulted by the political elites about their opinions on anything. In this sense, the dispossessed peasants, workers, students and other marginalized groups are getting an opportunity for the first time in Ecuador’s history to experience the role of democracy in their economic prosperity and development of their country. That is the power of their Citizens’ Revolution never before experienced in Ecuador!

    Secondly, the tactical decision to promote dialogue about equality among the population is simultaneously an attempt to promote a peaceful attempt to advance the Citizens’ Revolution as opposed to the tactic of the political opposition to promote confrontation and violence with Correa’s government. Clearly the latter tactic of the party of the oligarchy and the imperialists run the risk of destabilizing the lives of millions of ordinary folks going to work, schools, health clinics and so forth and so restricting growth and development of the economy.

    Thirdly, the simple fact that the path of dialogue is widening in Ecuador suggests that there is popular response and support to the tactical decision of the Correa government’s approach to find a peaceful rather than a violent and bloody path to the resolution of the income-wealth gap between the superrich and the superpoor in Ecuador. There is NO need to plant bombs, to kill people, to have violent protests against the Citizens’ Revolution in order to distribute income and wealth more equitably to the citizens of Ecuador. Those who support the latter path are clearly those who have no interest in resolving the income-wealth gap that condemns the majority to poverty, hunger and underdevelopment and a few to being billionaires and millionaires. In other words, the party of the oligarchy and imperialism have no solutions to the socioeconomic and sociopolitical inequalities that they and no one else have created in Ecuador over decades and centuries.

    Presumably, the increasing recognition on the part of large swats of Ecuador’s population that the promotion of violence on the part of the political representatives of the oligarchy and their imperialist masters is unpopular is a signal that the tactical decision for dialogue is winning and that of violence is losing.

    Finally, I believe that the Correa government’s decision to promote dialogue about equality and the political direction of the country at least so far appears not only to have outsmarted the political representatives of the oligarchy and imperialism, those who have the most to lose to the Citizens’Revolution in Ecuador but the tactic also appears to be isolating them and creating more political space for airing the strategic issue of equality to perhaps broader sectors of the society. The latter space will probably expand the pros and cons of this divisive issue to even those groups who are opposed to the redistribution of income and wealth in the society and will put them on the fence to present their alternative to the government’s policy to redistribute the lopsided wealth distribution more fairly to more Ecuadorians.

    In closing, how does a country made poor by its local oligarchy and imperialist guardians create prosperity and development overtime without the distribution of income and wealth complemented by policies to enhance productivity?

    Peace if you are willing to fight for it !

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