Jun 25 2015

Putting Right Wing Protests in Ecuador Into Context

GUEST: Amalia Pallares, Associate Professor of Political Science and Latin American and Latino Studies and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. Her books include “From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: the Ecuadorian Andes in the late Twentieth Century”

Since June 8th, the Latin American nation of Ecuador has been experiencing a wave of protests from people upset over a new tax law. The law would implement an inheritance tax that would impact the richest 2% of the nation’s population. President Rafael Correa responded by asking the following question on social media: “How can we call a country a ‘democracy’ if less than 2% of families own 90 percent of big businesses?” But wealthy elites are up in arms. To placate them, Correa halted the implementation of two other tax laws temporarily.

Opposition figure Guillermo Lasso, who lost to Correa in the last Presidential election, is one of the main leaders of the protest. He denounced Correa’s tax plans as an attack on Ecuador’s meritocracy, to which Mr. Correa responded, “What kind of ‘meritocracy’ justifies that fact that in 2014 Guillermo Lasso ‘earned’ $15 million, which is to say the equivalent of 3,500 years of wages for a worker … How can that be morally justified?”

The ideological battle has been playing out on the streets of cities like Quito where protesters and pro-government counter protesters have been marching and rallying. On June 13th, teleSUR reports that a group of pro-government protesters was attacked by opposition marchers, injuring the government’s culture minister Paco Velasco. Now, there are calls for Correa to be ousted, with some on social media demanding a military coup.

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3 Responses to “Putting Right Wing Protests in Ecuador Into Context”

  1. Not A Puppeton 25 Jun 2015 at 11:47 pm

    After reading this outtake, I heard the first 5 seconds of this video to know this person is nothing but just another puppet. If anyone just do a little research they would find about the tyrannic, abusive, and dictatorship-like government of Rafael Correa.
    His wife, with a wealth worth of 42 million dollars (public information), and himself with properties in Europe, two personal planes, and many other ridiculous luxuries lived with a fake ‘socialist’ mask and now he is paying the price of it.
    Galapagos.- in civil disobedience.
    Quito.- thousands of people, poor, rich, middle class, all alike outside of the palace of government for the last 3 weeks
    Guayaquil, the biggest city of Ecuador, hundreds of thousands of people marching against the government every day.
    The military even started opposing Correa by denying his command of going out to clean the streets from these PACIFIC protests.
    The country, NOT THE NEW RICH PEOPLE: his 30-something new ministries full of new millionaires that their job description is as silly as “ministry of happiness and well being” for a guy that organizes free yoga classes, but the real the country is out in the streets.
    Your so-called “2%” Amalia Pallares, is a fundamental part of his fascist speech so I can only imagine that you are one more of his puppets.
    Right-wing protest? Look at any picture, unfortunately the president did well at the beginning of his mandate by taking over most TV networks, press and radio stations, but he can’t stop the MILLIONS of people with access to internet. So, go online and look at any picture of these protests, not the ones hand-picked here, working class, mid-class, people in poverty, the country has never been so united before.
    Correa’s time is done, and with him all his paid puppets.

  2. A contributionon 25 Jun 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I’ll leave a link here from an entry one of the few journals that Correa doesn’t own. Amalia Pallares you are either paid to say such a stupid thing or you are truly an ignorant person that takes her news from the twitter account of Correa.
    Unfortunately this link down here is Spanish, but the pictures talk by themselves
    http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/quito-marcha-banderasnegras-avshyris.html

  3. Gregon 26 Jun 2015 at 8:28 am

    Another phony liberal from the University of Illinois that has no clue of what really is going on in Ecuador. Academia at its best.
    In the dark.