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Ecuador: “Obama Should Oppose Any Attempted Coup”

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.”

The Organization of American States is in an emergency meeting in Washington, D.C.

MARK WEISBROT, via Dan Beeton
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.”

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.”

AMALIA PALLARES
Pallares is author of From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: The Ecuadorian Andes in the Late Twentieth Century.

MARC BECKER
Becker is a historian at Truman State University who specializes in Ecuador.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167