[UPDATED] At work I have to, well, work, but also we have no radio or TV and unless I am plugged on the web, events pass by and reach me at home at night during Alo Ciudadano.
Well, apparently there are disgruntled military and cops in Ecuador that are threatening to overthrow (already did?) Correa. I do not like Correa but I am able to observe that he is very significantly better than Chavez, if anything because he preserved the dollarization of the country which stopped him from the vulgar populism of Chavez, while not stopping him from sucking as much from Chavez as he could, for the political dollars he could not find at home. I also observe that he has a real opposition though wakened which has chances to bounce back sooner than later, to pick up a country that will not be ruined the way Chavez ruined Venezuela. Simply because it was not in the plans of Correa to ruin his country. That he knows better or that he actually believes in the reforms he proposes the fact of the matter is that today Ecuador is doing much better than Venezuela.
Thus there is NO REASON whatsoever that we know of to forcibly remove Correa. What is going on is that like in all Latin America countries where we are subject to the military plague when you touch their privileges they overthrow you. Yes I use the world privileges because that is what takes place, and in Venezuela worst of all. If anyone understand that the best way not to be overthrown by the army is to make it fat, it is Chavez.
I cannot thus support the going on coup in Ecuador because simply it will not solve the country's problems whatsoever. And more than that, not only it will increase Ecuador's problems but it will increase ours as Chavez will use that excuse to speed up his own reactionary regime. Trust me on that one, for all his flaws we would be better off today with Correa than Chavez. If Chavez is removed by a coup, we could get worse than what we are. And I do not want Chavez removed by a coup because I want a democratic regime to put him in jail after a fair trial.
PS: by the way, that today in Ecuador a coup or pseudo coup is taking place is an eloquent witness at the failures of the OAS and UNASUR to deal with such situations in the past in the past.
UPDATE: as Miguel eloquently twitted, it takes centuries to tune up the third world mindset.
Apparently the whole affair which threatened to engulf the country in total chaos (well, that can still happen) was a group of people who have access to weapons that were willing to use them to get what they consider their due. No law, no strike, no suing, just start shooting and see what happens.
To this you have an egocentric president who thinks he can do it all Superman like and thus takes risks that he should have never taken, and voila! pandemonium.
I do not know what was more mesmerizing, watching live the rescue of Correa or his bean counter speech later where he explained to an adoring crowd how much the Ecuadorian cops made. Certainly not the most uplifting moment of the day....
If you ask me both Correa and the Quito cops should be sent to the Galapagos in the hope that this type of attitude becomes an endangered species.
I am going to give at least one thing to Correa: he sure has more guts than Chavez in such situations. Chavez tends to spill them.