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Attempted Coup In Ecuador

Sunday, October 3, 2010

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador spoke from the balcony of the Carondolet Palace as supporters gathered to greet him in Quito on Thursday night (photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)

Richard, from the Mex Files, blogs about the recent coup attempt in Ecuador: which had its budding, seemingly, in a police officers strike over state benefits, but could also have some other players lurking in the background.

The Inca has the best coverage of the attempted (and as of 22:00 Thursday night on the Pacific Coast of Mexico , apparently aborted) coup in Ecuador, with postings herehere and here.

Except for failing (or so it seems), the Ecuadorian coup isn’t all that different from what happened in Honduras in July 2009, or perhaps in Mexico in 2006.  While both Honduras and Mexico were holding scheduled elections, neo-liberals (what in the U.S. are called “Free Traders”) worked overtime to create crises.  In Honduras, apologists for the tragedy that followed were forced to somehow explain how hustling the President out of the country (still in his PJs) and installing the clown Micheletti, was a “constitutional” — and thus legitimate — response to attempts to move the social and political system away from the “neo-liberal” economic model now in place.  I’m one of those who believes the dubious results of the 2006 Presidential election in Mexico — which required a certain amount of constitutional fancy footwork — were grounded in the fear that this country might also eschew the neo-liberal economic policies that have been in place since the 1980s, replacing the earlier vaguely socialist system.


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