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AFP is reporting: “Ecuador was plunged into political crisis Thursday as troops seized the country’s main airport and stormed the Congress building in what President Rafael Correa denounced as an attempted coup.” http://is.gd/fCNdw
The Organization of American States is in an emergency meeting in Washington D.C.
MARK WEISBROT, via Dan Beeton http://www.cepr.net
Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, which just released a statement on the situation in Ecuador titled “Obama Administration Should Oppose Any Attempted Coup in Ecuador.” http://is.gd/fCMqa
Said Weisbrot: “”These types of statements are very important, in that the people who are trying to overthrow a democratic government are looking for signs of whether a coup government will be recognized by the United States. The first White House statement last year in response to the Honduran military coup sent the wrong signal at a crucial moment.”
Pallares is author of “From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: The Ecuadorian Andes in the Late Twentieth Century.”
MARC BECKER http://www.yachana.org/ecuador
Becker is a Latin American historian at Truman State University who specializes in Ecuador.
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