Jeffrey D. Pugh


Trial by Fire for Ecuador’s President Correa

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“Multi-colored ponchos, lime green government banners, and gray and olive police armor have filled the streets of Quito and other cities in Ecuador this month. Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and opposition protestors have been engaged in a war of words and displays of physical presence in public spaces since the major nonviolent challengers, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), and its allies launched a nationwide strike and march on August 13. Correa is one of the cohort of presidents challenging U.S. hegemony in Latin America, and he has taken over the leading role in promoting regional integration and denouncing U.S. intervention after Hugo Chavez’s death. For this reason the protests, and Correa’s increasingly repressive response to them, will be carefully watched by those in other countries wishing to gauge whether the ‘Bolivarian moment’ has peaked.”

Author: Jeffrey D. Pugh
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/26/trial-by-fire-for-ecuadors-president-correa/
Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/32562-trial-by-fire-for-ecuador-s-president-correa
Times of Earth http://www.timesofearth.com/features-views-analysis/trial-by-fire-for-ecuadors-president-correa.html
Date: August 26,28,2015

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