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Ecuador: Forbidden to Protest; Forbidden to Express an Opinion

LADB Article ID: 78481
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 2012-01-27
By: Luis Ángel Saavedra

A report released by outgoing Defensor de Pueblo Fernando Gutiérrez in 2011 provided details of the acts of repression by the administration of President Rafael Correa through 2010. The release of the report coincided with the notification that indigenous leader Mónica Chuji had been sentenced to a year in prison and a US$100,000 fine for defamation for referring to Public Administration Secretary Vinicio Alvarado as "nouveau riche." These events have provoked a public debate, and President Correa dismissed the reports, as usual, denigrating the authors and hiring public relations firms to attempt to impose his version of the truth. However, the voices challenging the repression of the same social sectors that helped Correa win the presidency are gaining strength.

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