Monday, August 25, 2008

Venezuelan Opposition Drops By to Give Ecuador a Hand

In the lead up to a contentious September 28th vote on a proposed constitution, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has accused right wing Venezuelan student leaders of training conservative Ecuadorian student activists.

If true, this is really bad news for Ecuador, given the Venezuelan opposition's track record of violent confrontations and a short lived military coup. 

Correa made his accusations in the aftermath of a Saturday August 16th brawl between supporters of the new constitution and opponents at the Catholic University of Guayaquil. Correa was present to give a live broadcast of his weekly national radio address. 

But I'm sure we'll soon enough see a sympathetic New York Times profile on a right student activist, like we've seen on Venezuela: poor (well, actually, rich) student faces big bad government that dares to, umm, enforce tax laws. Ah well.

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