- Created: Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:46
- Written by Fidel Narvaez
FRFI 218 December 2010/January 2011
The failed coup in
In the morning, Ecuadorian police throughout the country went on strike to protest against the approval of a law to regulate public servants, which would apparently reduce police privileges. When President Correa went in person to the main police centre to talk to the strikers he was met with violence, being virtually kidnapped for more than ten hours in a police hospital nearby. At the same time, a section of the air force took control of the country’s international airports. Another group of police assisted government opponents attempting to occupy the National Assembly. The building of the public media was also attacked and seriously damaged. Several roads were blocked. The police refusal to work led to a break down of order and vandalism, looting and robbery occurred in the main cities throughout the country.
What the government’s opponents, with the assistance of the private media, tried to present as just a police protest actually involved all the elements necessary to be considered as an attempted coup. The objective was to create general chaos to justify the armed forces taking power. Once this strategy failed, they attempted to kill the President, as is clearly demonstrated in the audio and video records of the events.
Three main factors ensured the failure of the coup in
The real motive behind the coup was resistance to the profound changes that the revolutionary government has implemented at every level of society. In relation to the national police, for example, the direct link between them and the CIA no longer exists. Previously, under the pretext of the war against narco-trafficking, the Ecuadorian police received financial and material resources from the
The main lesson is the need for the population to be organised into a political entity, to strengthen the revolutionary process and to defend it from the constant threat from the internal and external forces that are losing their privileges as