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On Tuesday, the Vice-minister for International Communication of the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations, William Castillo, dismantled the fake news prepared and presented by the Lenin Moreno’s government to the OAS accusing Venezuela of infiltrating agents in recent popular protests against the neo-liberal package of the International Monetary Fund in Ecuador.

Through his Twitter account @planwac, the Vice-minister referred precisely to the statements of the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, José Valencia, who said that 41 Venezuelans had been arrested in violent acts in the last 12 days.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno is intended to raise taxes, liberalize labor laws and cut public spending to get more than $4 billion in emergency financing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). On October 2, as a part of this plan, Moreno eliminated a subsidy on the price of fuel, driving gasoline from $1.85 to $2.39 and diesel from $1.03 to $2.30. Protests at installations were launched in the country's Amazon oil fields, halving the country's oil production. Indigenous people flooded the streets of Quito and even entered the National Assembly on October 8, chanting "El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!" On October 13, after Moreno ordered a 24-hour curfew to re-establish control in government buildings and media offices, the army took to the streets. At least seven people have been killed and more than 700 people have been arrested since the beginning of the protests.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, the only international class-oriented workers federation that brings together 97 million workers in the five continents, reaffirms its internationalist and class solidarity with the working class and the people of Ecuador who stood up against the “pack” of anti-labor measures of the government of Lenín Moreno.

Article by Rafael Correa, former President of Ecuador:

Not only does the article fail to mention Ecuador’s constitutional breakdown and crude political persecution, but it omits to say that, in my case, Interpol refused to issue the red notice requested by Ecuadorian “justice” or that Jorge Glas is now in prison in the absence of any proof against him.

Ecuador is immersed in lawfare, a judicialization of politics that seeks to persecute progressive leaders through “processes” that would never prosper under the Rule of Law. In this regard, it resembles the persecution against Lula in Brazil.

Guillaume Long, Ecuadorian minister for foreign affairs. Photo: ANDESAfter the announcement made by Sweden to drop rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuador expects the United Kingdom to give him a safe pass to leave the Ecuadorian embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.

“The European arrest warrant against Mr. Assange is not valid. We expect the United Kingdom to give him a safe pass as soon as possible,” published Friday Ecuador’s foreign minister Guillaume Long on his Twitter account.

Speech by Rafael Correa Delgado, President of the Republic of Ecuador, during the presentation ceremony of the José Martí Order, at the Palace of the Revolution, May 5, 2017, “Year 59 of the Revolution.” (Council of State transcript – GI translation)

Thank you very much.

A warm embrace to the Cuban delegation, to its President, Comandante Raúl Castro Ruz; an embrace to the Ecuadoran delegation, the Cuban people, the Ecuadoran people, brothers and sisters of the great homeland.

ALBA-TCPWe, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of Latin America - People's Trade Treaty, at the 15th meeting of its Political Council in Havana, have been informed of the results of the second round in the presidential elections held in the sister Republic of Ecuador on 2 April 2017, and have decided:

To recognize and congratulate on their victory the Movimiento Alianza País candidates comrades Lenin Moreno Garcés and Jorge Glas Espinel who represent the inception of a new stage in the Citizens' Revolution in Ecuador and the continuing commitment of this sister nation to regional unity and development, and to defending the sovereignty of Latin America.

Source: cne.gob.veSource: cne.gob.ve

With 88.5% of the votes counted, Lenin Moreno, of the governing PAIS Alliance, had a ten point lead over his closest political rival, ex banker Guillermo Lasso, but one point short of the 40% needed to win in the first round of Ecuador''s Sunday presidential elections. The National Electoral Commission reported that Moreno was leading the vote count 39,11% by 28,31% Lasso, leader of the right wing Creating Opportunities Movement, while Cynthia Vireti, of the Social Christian Party, comes third with 16,32%.

According to the Electoral Law, for a hopeful to win in the first round he must get 50% of the vote, or a minimum of 40% with a ten point lead on top of the runner-up.

Gabriela Rivadeneira at the press conference in Quito. Photo: AndesGabriela Rivadeneira at the press conference in Quito. Photo: AndesGabriela Rivadeneira, the head of the Ecuadorean National Assembly, announced Wednesday that she was sent a lethal explosive device in the mail. »Today I received in my office an envelope addressed to me with a CD that turned out to be a medium-range explosive with lethal capability.« According to Rivadeneira, the first female head of the National Assembly and former member of Pachakutik, the device »fortunately did not explode« and is now being investigated by district attorney's office.

Earthquake in Ecuador. Image: ANDESEarthquake in Ecuador. Image: ANDESA magnitude 7,8 earthquake occurred Saturday at 18:58 in many Ecuadorian cities, its epicenter was in Pedernales (Manabi), in the Ecuadorian coast, at a depth of 20km with no alert of tsunami, Alexandra Alvarado, from the Geophysical Institute said. The US Geophysical Institute, on the other hand, reported that the earthquake was 7,4 and lasted more than a minute followed by a number of aftershocks mainly in the Ecuadorian coast: Muisne, Rosa Zarate, Santo Domingo de los Colorados.

Film maker and nature activist Alexandra Costeau in Ecuadorian jungle. Foto: ANDES (CC BY-SA 2.0)Film maker and nature activist Alexandra Costeau in Ecuadorian jungle. Foto: ANDES (CC BY-SA 2.0)The Ecuadorian Attorney General’s Office rejected on Tuesday the decision of the Appeals Court of the Columbia’s District (Washington) which ordered Ecuador to pay 96 million dollars to the oil company Chevron in a case it claims infringement of the Bilateral Investment Agreement with the US and affirmed it analyzes options to appeal the ruling and make it void.

“The Appeals Court has repeated the error of the trial court: it has rejected to apply the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of the US which would have obliged them to examine the existence of an investment protection treaty to protect Chevron. If it was done, they would probably found inconsistency of the protection of an investment that ended before the validity of the Treaty,” Attorney Diego Garcia said through a statement.

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