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Letter from Ecuador

This is a letter from a friend in Ecuador about the situation there.

Interesting times in Ecuador – the right wing opposition is mobilising huge numbers in Guayaquil – they claimed 300,000 and demos of a thousand or more every day in Quito and there have been demos elsewhere in the country.

Correa proposed an inheritance tax which – at the top level – goes up to 75% – a very serious attack on the privileged.

He was forced to shelve it for discussions for the time being – partly because the Catholic Church said the Pope might not visit this week (we saw him arrive yesterday) unless there was some accommodation.

The decline in the oil price is the major problem – he’s trying to make up the loss in revenue.

Correa also has some opposition on the left. This week there looks like being a general strike of some of the unions re. pensions etc (other unions support him) and the main indigenous group CONAIE and the right will also support it.

There are large numbers of police around the city being marshalled to contain demos. We counted about 1,200 at a square near the centre on Friday – and that excluded the riot police.

The mayors of Guayaquil and Quito – the two biggest cities – are supporting the opposition.

Last Wednesday President Correa predicted a coup from the opposition and called for a rally in support of his government the next day. 24 hours notice –  we went and I think probably 10-15,000 filled the Plaza Grande at 4pm.

Apparently the opposition attempted to march to the square where the rally was held – here’s some footage – they didn’t break through police lines to get at the pro-government supporters. This was about 9.20pm – we left long before.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Opposition-March-in-Ecuador-Turns-Violent-20150703-0005.html

Correa came out of the balcony again later to rally support and apparently was still singing (he’s quite the showman) at 10pm.

This is a new video from the opposition encouraging a rebellion in the police. Polarised to say the least.

Things might be a bit more subdued until the Pope leaves on Thursday.

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