Around the Region

Our Around the Region program included Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador. It focuses on political and democratic changes in the region, and how they affect – or should affect – U.S. policy toward the Hemisphere.

We examine developments in governance, constitutional reform, the role of women in leadership, and efforts by popular movements to change the political and economic arrangements in their nations through democratic processes.

We have also reported on constitutional reform in Ecuador and Venezuela and the election of Mauricio Funes of the FMLN in El Salvador. Please see our reporting below on the 2010 coup attempt in Ecuador.

Crisis in Ecuador: the 2010 coup attempt

On September 30, 2010, a crisis emerged on the streets of Quito, Ecuador which posed a threat to the democratic order in that country.

Four days after President Rafael Correa was rescued from a police hospital in Quito by members of the country’s special forces, reporters and analysts are still examining the roots of the crisis.

According to the New York Times, an apparent uprising led by police in response to budget reductions ordered by President Correa led to a rescue operation which left five men shot dead: “a policeman, two soldiers, a police officer escorting the president and a student who had showed up to support Mr. Correa. At least 38 people were wounded. The president’s armored Nissan sport utility vehicle showed bullet damage, including a shot to the windshield.”

Governments in the region from Chile to Venezuela, and also including the United States, have expressed their support for President Correa and Ecuador’s democracy.

Below, CDA has featured news bulletins from the crisis and its aftermath, content from experts on the region, a live web feed from the Telesur network, and other forms of information.

The CDA is deeply troubled by these events. We released the following statement upon learning of the crisis:

“Latin America has fought long and hard to establish democracies, and we urge the United States to be vigilant and consistent in its support for President Correa and the constitutional order in Ecuador.”

Live feed:

For real-time updates directly from Ecuador, here is a Twitter feed put together by the Ecuadorian newspaper Hoy.

Other articles:

WOLA publishes a report about Ecuador’s coup attempt: “One Event, Two Views, Many Questions. What Happened in Ecuador on September 30?“

OAS’s Insulza Sees Ecuadorean Uprising as “Coup Attempt”, Hemispheric Brief

Ecuadoran policemen intended to kill the President, according to recordings, Andes

Debate Over Meaning of Standoff in Ecuador, The New York Times

VIDEO: Ecuador Troops Rescue President From Rebel Cops, The Associated Press

“Coup” Averted in Ecuador, says Correa, Hemispheric Brief

A todo el pueblo, muchas gracias (+ Fotos), Cuba Debate

Ecuador Declares State of Emergency, The Wall Street Journal

Police uprising in Ecuador, Just the Facts

Declaración de Cuba: Enérgico rechazo al golpe de Estado en Ecuador, Cuba Debate

Ecuador in Turmoil as President Denounces ‘Coup Attempt’, Common Dreams

OAS meets to discuss Ecuador’s situation, UNASUR heads to meet in Buenos Aires tonight, Buenos Aires Herald


Obama Administration Should Oppose Any Attempted Coup in Ecuador: CEPR Co-Director, CEPR

Declaración de la Asociación Americana de Juristas sobre Acontecimientos en la República del Ecuador, The American Association of Jurists

The Ecuadoran Embassy’s statement about the situation is posted here.

The U.S. Department of State released the following statement.

U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, released the following statement.

U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern reacted to the news with a statement of support for President Correa.