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The uprising in Ecuador and the situation of Hondu

The uprising in Ecuador and the situation of Honduras

Marcelo Rech

It may not look like, but what happened last Thursday in Quito and Guayaquil, in Ecuador, can impact straightly in the situation of Honduras, country that follows alongside the Inter-American system.

President Rafael Correa affirmed that there was an attempt of coup d´etat orchestrated by the opposition, which, taking advantage of a demonstration, saw an opportunity to withdraw him.

Ecuador chairs the Union of the South American Nations (UNASUR). The bloc responded quickly to the break threats.

Curiosity: the UNASUR studies to call the ministers of Foreign Relations of the member-countries to discuss the situation of Honduras.

For the bloc, what happened in Honduras in June of last year was a classic coup d´etat with the involvement of the Armed Forces.

Nobody was punished and the denunciations of violations of the human rights grow, inclusive with the murder of journalists and restriction of the democratic freedoms.

Manuel Zelaya went to the exile and the processes against him weren´t filed as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela want, for example.

The Ecuadorian chancellor, Ricardo Patiño, affirmed in Asunción that it was necessary to talk about the Honduran re-entry to the Organization of the American States (OAS), but he also affirmed that, for that, the current president had to give demonstrations that new attempts of coup d’etat won´t exist.

It is very complicated to assure the democratic strengthening when after an event like this one, there is no punishment.

In practice, remains a negative example of which the institutional order can be broken without consequences.

When this reality began to be “swallowed” by the international community, including the Latin-Americans, we saw the scenes of attack to the Ecuadorian president.

Certainly, those who were defending the immediate return of Honduras to the OAS are reconsidering.

Honduras will pay the price of the uncertainty.

Not by chance, the OAS itself resisted to the violence in Quito almost in real-time. The Mercosur and the UNASUR issued vehement communiqués.

The Cuban and Brazilian chancelleries were the first ones in lending solidarity to the legitimate president of Ecuador.

European Union and the United States first, then France and Venezuela, condemned the acts practiced by policemen and soldiers of the Armed Forces.

The message was clear: coup d´etat won´t be tolerated.

But, those who rose up also sent an important message: we aren´t distant of this threat. None of us.

Marcelo Rech is a journalist, editor of the InfoRel and specialist in International Relations, Strategies & Policies of Defense, and Terrorism & Counter-insurgency. E-mail: inforel@inforel.org

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