Ecuador: What Really Happened by Eva Golinger

by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
7 Oct., 2010

On the morning of Thursday, September 30, 2010, the city of Quito, capital of Ecuador, awoke in chaos. Groups of rebellious, armed police had taken over several areas of the city, disrupting transit, burning tires and violently protesting what they alleged was an unfair law set to cut their wages.

In an attempt to quell the situation, President Rafael Correa, immediately decided in-person dialogue would be the best way to explain to the insubordinate and rioting police officers that the law they opposed was actually going to improve their wages, benefits and overall job security.

Around 9:30am, Correa informed his entourage he would be going to the police Regiment Quito Number One to talk to the officers. Upon his arrival, police were yelling and shouting at him, many wearing hoods and gasmasks covering their faces. The Ecuadoran President opted to grap a microphone and address the angry crowd, trying to explain the benefits of the new law to them while also pointing out that clearly, they were being deceived and manipulated by interested forces seeking to desestabilize the country and his government.

The police wouldn’t listen to reason. They continued to demand Correa retract the law, while, weapons drawn, they fired tear gas at him and threw rocks and other hard items towards him and his entourage. Realizing no dialogue was possible under the circumstances, Correa defiantly exclaimed that he would not bow down to such pressure through violence and force. His government would stand by the law. “Kill me if you want, but I will not be forced to act through violence”, he declared before the crowd of armed, enraged police.


via Postcards from the Revolution: ECUADOR: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

see also:

Postcards from the Revolution: Evidence Of Ned Funding/Aid To Groups In Ecuador Involved In Coup Against Correa


Behind the Coup in Ecuador – The Attack on ALBA By Eva Golinger

Ecuador President Defiant After Failed Coup + Ecuador troops rescue President Correa

Coup In Ecuador + President Rafael Correa Rescued/Coup Thwarted by Eva Golinger

7 thoughts on “Ecuador: What Really Happened by Eva Golinger

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  5. Tell me a country where the US hasn’t wrought destruction and misery. Wherever the US goes…shit is sure to follow.

  6. Thanks for posting this. My daughter was in the Peace Corps in Ecuador and I visited. The destruction wrought by the U.S. against this poor country is so sad. When I was there I saw no police anywhere except for those stationed with machine guns outside banks. I didn’t know Ecuador had enough police to stage a ‘police coup’.

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