The election is over in Ecuador – and there’s good news (translated from Ecuador Indymedia): “With about 57% of the vote in the exit polls, as opposed to 43% for the banana magnate Álvaro Noboa, the economist Rafael Correa of Alianza País is set to win the presidency in Ecuador.
The Ecuadorian people has said NO to the right-wing presidential candidate Álvaro Noboa who self-proclaimed being “sent by God” and tried to buy his victory with chicken, pots and pans, money and false promises. The fascist danger that Noboa represented is now thought by most to be a burden of the past. The proposals of a Free Trade Agreement with the US, involvement in Plan Colombia, and the absurd elimination of income tax received their deserved rejection by the majority of the Ecuadorian people.
Rafael Correa promised a referendum to call for a Constitutional Assembly in order to restructure the political system by rewriting the country’s Constitution. It is now the task of all political and social movements – students, indigenous, workers, farmers, and everyone else – to closely monitor the processes that the new government will start.
Correa and the political proposal of Alianza País has our conditional and vigilant support, but this is not a blank cheque. The power of the oligarchy still continues intact, exploitation, injustice, poverty, unemployment and discrimination characterize the national reality and it won’t be easy to change this overnight. However, we demand that Correa fulfills his promises and it will be ourselves who will push for a great national minga (collective effort) creating a Bolivarian project of Latin American integration and 21st century socialism!
For now we are celebrating the triumph of the people!”
The clear-cut result is a surprise (in Ecuador now polls are allowed to be published in the last twenty days before the election), and with such a wide margin to the Banana Republican, the national-socialistic, opportunistic criminal, whose gangs were caught in various places trying to buy the vote from entire wards, it is pretty clear: Noboa loses for the third time. Not even the CIA -or whoever “they” are- should be able to change these numbers around. The people have spoken! Now go figure!
Correa just confirmed on national TV, addressed by journalists as Presidente, that he will NOT sign the TLC (“Free” Trade Agreement) with the U.S., which therefore locates Ecuador with Bolivia and Venezuela and not with Peru and Colombia as Washington stooges in the South American political spectrum. Hopeful we stand and wait.
But we are yet to see and hear Correa confirm, let alone take action on his promise to kick the warmongering U.S. out of the Manta base, from where they attack Colombia as part of the dodgy Plan Colombia.
However, for the upcoming (scheduled for March, 2007) global gathering bringing together anti-imperial and anti-capitalist movements with the No Bases movement in Ecuador, the election result is a good one. Rather than preparing for the massive repression which taking action against an U.S. Army base in a country ruled by a Washington insider, a friend of the Kennedys and the Rockefellers, would have meant, the No Bases event might just become another moment of (small, moderate) victory in the anti-imperial struggle. Certainly it looks to become a great forum for global solidarity and networking – and a great start for what could become a new era in Ecuadorian civil society, indeed in Latin America. For more information about contemporary U.S aggression in South America see for example this article, which says about the Manta base that…:
“The Eloy Alfaro [sic: Manta] base is used to rotate U.S. troops in and out of Columbia, and to house an immense network of private corporations who do most of the military’s dirty work in Columbia. According to the Miami Herald, U.S. mercenaries armed with M-16s have gotten into fire fights with guerrillas in southern Columbia, and American civilians working for Air Scan International of Florida called in air strikes that killed 19 civilians and wounded 25 others in the town of Santo Domingo.”
There are many things yet to come undone, but for now, as the many honking horns in the background suggest, we celebrate with Ecuador Indymedia and the Ecuadorian people: Rafael Correa, an enemy of the U.S. Empire, is president of Ecuador.