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By News Bulletin
BBC
Thursday, Jun 30, 2011

Editor's Comment

Rogue Ecuadoran Police, infiltrated and backed by the CIA led a coup attempt against President Correa and his administration in September last year.

In the report below, the BBC once again attempts to obfuscate by reporting, "He (Correa) described the events as an attempted coup," claiming that it was a protest about the government cutting their bonuses. Well, as in Honduras, what happened was nothing short of an attempted coup regardless of the BBC's lame spin. 

Many of you will remember that in the attempted coup on September 30, 2010, elements within Ecuadoran police seized the Quito International Airport and later attacked President Correa with tear gas, held him hostage and many feared they would assassinate him.

The Ecuadorian police had been infiltrated by U.S. intelligence services as early as 2008 according to former CIA Agent, Philip Agee. On October 10, 2010, Jean Guy Allard wrote that the report revealed that the Ecuadoran Police “maintain informal economic dependence on the United States, to pay for informants, training, equipment and operations.” Allard continued, "The systematic use of corruption techniques by the CIA in order to acquire the 'goodwill' of police officers was described and denounced on many occasions by the ex-CIA agent Philip Agee who, before leaving the agency’s ranks, was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Quito." The wheels of justice have turned democratically in Ecuador and 9 months later, six of those police officers have been convicted by Ecuadoran courts and await sentencing.

- Les Blough, Editor

 

 


Ecuador police convicted over Rafael Correa protest
BBC News, June 28, 2011

See: Coup Attempt in Ecuador, Sept 30, 2010, by Les Blough, Axis of Logic.

A court in Ecuador has found six police officers guilty of crimes against the security of the state, during a protest last September in which the president was forcibly detained.

 

President Rafael Correa had to be rescued by the military after being tear-gassed and held for several hours in a hospital by police angry about plans to cut their bonuses.

He described the events as an attempted coup.

The six men will be sentenced later.

They include the former head of security for Ecuador's congress, Colonel Rolando Tapia.

President Correa vowed to purge the police and punish those responsible after the dramatic events of 30 September last year.

Images of the unrest were beamed around the world amid widespread fears that Ecuador could be witnessing a coup attempt, not merely a protest by the police and parts of the military.

The country has faced a number of coups and coup attempts in its turbulent political past.

Defiant address

Events turned violent after thousands of police launched a series of protests across the country, refusing to patrol the streets, blocking roads and seizing control of their barracks.

They were demonstrating against cuts to their benefits imposed by a public spending law, which had been passed as part of a government austerity drive.

Mr Correa, who had made an emotional and defiant address at a barracks in the capital, Quito, was jostled by protesters and then stunned when a tear gas canister was fired near his head.

In the subsequent confusion, he was rushed to a police hospital, supposedly for treatment, but then not allowed to leave.

Meanwhile, a contingent of troops took control of Quito's international airport, in a parallel demonstration against the cuts.

The head of the armed forces pledged his support to Mr Correa, and loyalist troops stormed the police hospital where he was being held.

In the gunfight that followed, a number of people were killed, but Mr Correa was rescued and taken to the presidential palace, where he addressed jubilant supporters.

The police chief resigned in the wake of the uprising, and was replaced the next day.

Source: BBC

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