By Javier Otazu |
United Nations, September 19 (EFE).- Ecuador’s president, Guillermo Lasso, said that his predecessor Rafael Correa’s alliance with indigenous groups that led to a coup and serious chaos last summer can only be explained because the former president “used his image” for “an objective”. : Obtaining impunity for him and his friends”, but warned that “you cannot negotiate with impunity”.
In an interview with Ife hours before the start of the UN General Assembly session, Lasso spoke very harshly of Correa, “a citizen convicted of corruption who does not live in Ecuador because he is afraid of going to jail,” “an anti-democratic character” who during his government “with the indigenous sector was abused and humiliated.”
“You cannot dialogue with Korea, he has only one objective: impunity for him and his accomplices (but) those who committed corruption and were punished must suffer their punishment and the government cannot negotiate with justice,” he said. Clearly rejecting any notion of forgiveness.
He admitted, however, that there is a “Coresta” social and political tendency that he considered “an important sector” in the country – in fact, they have a parliamentary majority – and “it is not responsible for the attitude of his president carried out in the past.” leaders”, and these masses “we must understand what their aspirations are and try to respond to them”.
Sedition and Prior Consultation Act
Regarding last summer’s tribal uprisings, he said they had cost the country $1,000 million, half of which was due to interruption of oil production and the other half due to cessation of private activity, besides increasing the “risk to the country”. 800 double points, “which represents a great loss to society.”
The government’s promise to prepare an “advance consultation law” before new drilling or oil exploitation largely quelled those protests, but opened up other new questions or concerns.
One of them is the possibility of military intervention in the case of disturbances, to which Lasso wanted to clarify that the armed forces will only intervene in the fight against drug trafficking: “Here we are talking about the great transnational threat, the illegal trafficking of people and weapons, which has nothing to do with public order.
“Popular consultation – which is not mandatory – is related to the fight against organized crime, which we must continue but in a stronger way as a society (…) The public, aware of these risks, supports this popular consultation “he emphasized . .
And what if a popular consultation yields negative results for the government and a high-cost oil project is at stake? “My democratic spirit would be to respect that advice,” said Lasso, who added that the advice he promotes would be “democratic, unlike the Korean government,” which leads military pickets hours before the vote to influence votes. ., sure.
The prison crisis
A recurring problem in Ecuador is prison riots and violence within prisons, which have claimed more than 400 lives since 2020. For Lasso, this phenomenon is explained by “hatred of the mafia, which is expressed with violence” before the record of drug arrests. of his government (300 tons in the first year, making Ecuador the third country with the most seizures, according to the latest list of the United Nations Office on Narcotic Drugs).
But he did not deny that there are other structural reasons for the dire situation in prisons, which translates into three problems: the lack of a census of the prison population throughout the history of the Republic, 20% overcrowding in prisons and a 50% shortage of prison guards.
In this regard, Lasso promised to prepare the first census of prisoners in the country in December, including their identities and sentences, to recruit new prison guards who are already being commanded by the National Police, and to start with a rehabilitation policy. Translated to date. A moment in a thousand pardons.
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