From the Carondelet Palace, President Correa expressed his condemnation of the attitude of police. He congratulated the people for their courage. With such loyalty no one can defeat us, he said. He thanked the world leaders and organizations that expressed their support for the government. He declared that Ecuador will not submit to anyone.
President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, from the Carondelet Palace, expressed his gratitude and saluted thousands of people who welcomed him with applause and shouts of Viva the Citizen Revolution.
Correa condemned the destabilizing and coup-plotting mindset of some policemen, criminals who in vain shed the blood of their fellow policemen and citizens who were wounded during his rescue.
In this regard, he asked the country to hold a minute of silence in respect for and solidarity with the families of the fallen.
Correa said that the policemen who revolted against the government and kidnapped him were infiltrators in service of former president Lucio Gutiérrez.
“This morning, we were, as is our custom, going to have a dialogue to explain to them what we wanted to do, for no one has supported the police or improved their salaries as much as our government, but seeing the reaction I felt betrayed by them. There I realized who was behind it: some of them called me ‘a liar” and said that Lucio [Gutiérrez] had given them more support,” he said in condemnation,
He said that this “is a day of great sadness that I never thought would come to pass under my government of peace, justice, and dignity, which is only seeking to establish the wellbeing of the people and help the poorest — especially those policemen, who were being manipulated.”
He thanked the leaders of all the countries of the Union of South America (UNASUR) and of the Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) and numerous other countries in the world for their messages and actions of support for the government of Ecuador.
President Correa celebrated, together with his people, the new triumph of the Citizen Revolution defeating the Right’s coup attempt.
The original article “El Presidente de Ecuador Rafael Correa fue rescatado por el ejército” was published by Venezolana de Televisión on 30 September 2010. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).