Voters rock the Banana Boat – and it goes down!

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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.

4 thoughts on “Voters rock the Banana Boat – and it goes down!

    yucca said:
    Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 18:22 (807)

    i guess this should also be good news for chavez in the run up to his election – what do people say down there about chavez? do they know him? do they like him? is he gonna win again?

    colono responded:
    Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 18:48 (825)

    It is a difficult question – those who are into socialism (at any cost?), those who favour social change (by any means necessary?) are aware of Chavez, supportive of the Venezuelan project. Others might not even care.

    Some people who work in government and civil society say that their colleagues in Venezuela are very enthusiastic and that there are opportunities to do so many things that they are almost drowing in chance. There is in any case, it seems to me, “something” going in Latin America that is worth supporting and widening.

    There is much to be learned from these processes. But the lessons are to be found in critical reviews, not in unconditional support, neither in unconditional rejection.

    On a slightly different note, one thing that was never mentioned clearly enough, unfortunately, in the posts about the Ecuadorian election, for instance, was the fact that Correa (and his Vice-President candidate) were the only candidate(s) for the Alianza PAIS – they had no other candidates for the Congress, as the intent is to rewrite the constitution and reconfigure the power balance of the country:

    “Correa is going for an all-or-bust strategy,” said Patrick Esteruelas, an analyst for the Eurasia Group in New York. “Correa will need to essentially bet on his ability to mobilize the masses in an attempt to close Congress to push through radical political and constitutional reforms.”

    yucca said:
    Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 19:46 (865)

    i guess its true that something is happening, and its true that it has a lot to do with chavez’s initiatives and internationalist drive. the question is: is it new, or has it happen before, endin up in a sore burst?

    colono responded:
    Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 20:55 (913)

    Of course it has happened before, or, rather, it is happening all the time.

    From the Golden Age of Piracy to the Downhill Battle for P2P file-sharing there has been resistance, disobedience and creative responses to the processes of capitalism expanding.

    The anti-colonial, anti-imperial, socialist and anarchist movements, and nowadays the resistance to neo-liberalism, is all part of one and the same historical process of people organising the get rid of their oppressors.

    It often ends with U.S. military intervention (see here: http://www.zmag.org/CrisesCurEvts/interventions.htm), but one may hope that at the moment the U.S. military apparatus is stretched beyond capacity and therefore cannot reach Latin America with the Iron Fist that the warmongers of the U.S. governmental and corporate elite would like to.

    Chaves is only another player in all of this – he did not start anything and he won’t end anyting either; what is happening in Latin America (see also: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/11/355029.html) has always been happening. It will last as long as necessary – until capitalism and U.S. Conservative-Christian warfare is over.

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