Ecuador unrest: Your emails

Sep 30, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: BBC

BBC News website readers from the country have been in contact to give their accounts of what is happening.

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d_cypher-nyc

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Oct 1, 2010
 
I liven in NYC, but am from Ecuador, and what I know about this situation is that President Correa has been doing relatively good work around this extremely corrupt small nation. Note that Ecuador has been listed one of the top ten most corrupt countries in the world:( http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/20/most-corrupt... ; http://www.data360.org/dsg.aspx... ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perce... )

In these circumstances, anyone would be out of his/her mind to go and try to change things so that there is transparency and control. In this case, Correa is trying to achieve an almost impossible task. He is trying to have an honest and transparent police force in Ecuador. Now, we must consider that one of the reasons for Ecuador being listed as one of the most corrupt countries is the police. Accordingly, the police is turning against the president, but certain particular members of the police want him actually OUT (one way or another). I can assure you that you have not heard the last of this attempt.

To put into perspective though, I have been told that Correa is really just trying to impost the most minimal ethical rules. For example, most members of the police in Ecuador are apparently exempt from paying income tax or any and all public service. Since in Ecuador some services such as water, electricity, gas, tolls on roads and even certain modes of transportation (e.g., very old trains) are run by the government, police members don't pay for any of those service. Moreover, it appears that the police was entitled to establish their own salaries, promotions, and bonuses thereof. Top all of that, it is common in Ecuador (and in many Latin American countries) for the police to receive bribes (which goes to their pockets). Correa is attempting to change this, and I really hope that he can.
Dave in Canada

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Oct 1, 2010
 
Do you think it is safe to travel in Ecuador next week? Interested in any comments from people in Ecuador now.
Stewart

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Oct 1, 2010
 
Dave in Canada wrote:
Do you think it is safe to travel in Ecuador next week? Interested in any comments from people in Ecuador now.
Hi Dave Ecuador is not safe at any time, however I have been in and around quito for the last 10 days and has been ok, take all sensible precautions and you should be ok.
Hope this helps.
Stewart
hillik

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Oct 1, 2010
 
i have a flight tomorrow noon time to quito.
do you think i have to cancele it?
does the airport is open and we can drive safely to the city?
Hillik

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Cologne- Germany

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Oct 1, 2010
 
I had never been there but I closely follow the turmoil and disturbances in Ecuador.

If you are in business trip take a risk.
If your trip is to relax and a holiday one try to cancell your trip..
Read this view with objective outlook.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php...

Since: Jan 10

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Oct 1, 2010
 

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d_cypher-nyc wrote:
I liven in NYC, but am from Ecuador, and what I know about this situation is that President Correa has been doing relatively good work around this extremely corrupt small nation. Note that Ecuador has been listed one of the top ten most corrupt countries in the world:( http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/20/most-corrupt... ; http://www.data360.org/dsg.aspx... ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perce... )
In these circumstances, anyone would be out of his/her mind to go and try to change things so that there is transparency and control. In this case, Correa is trying to achieve an almost impossible task. He is trying to have an honest and transparent police force in Ecuador. Now, we must consider that one of the reasons for Ecuador being listed as one of the most corrupt countries is the police. Accordingly, the police is turning against the president, but certain particular members of the police want him actually OUT (one way or another). I can assure you that you have not heard the last of this attempt.
To put into perspective though, I have been told that Correa is really just trying to impost the most minimal ethical rules. For example, most members of the police in Ecuador are apparently exempt from paying income tax or any and all public service. Since in Ecuador some services such as water, electricity, gas, tolls on roads and even certain modes of transportation (e.g., very old trains) are run by the government, police members don't pay for any of those service. Moreover, it appears that the police was entitled to establish their own salaries, promotions, and bonuses thereof. Top all of that, it is common in Ecuador (and in many Latin American countries) for the police to receive bribes (which goes to their pockets). Correa is attempting to change this, and I really hope that he can.
Don't know when you were here last, but there are no trains running in Ecuador. Correa is rebuilding an old train track to nowhere at the moment.

Yes, police take bribes here. On Wednesday the Assembly passed a law that limits police bonuses and promotions. Correa said he would not back down on not signing the bill. His attempt at talking to the police failed Thursday morning because he was unwilling to listen or change his mind, even though he said he was there to talk to them. How can you talk to anyone when your unwilling to listen?

From my view pint this was a staged event, and I am sorry that a few people died so Correa could be made the 'strong hero'! He only wants to win for another term in office. He has done NOTHING for the poor people here! The poverty here gets worse, taxes are going up, and his takeover of businesses and closing media outlets is going the people a one sided view point...HIS!

He things Cuba has a great government! Right, Cubans make $20 a month! Lets show Ecuadoreans that they are not the poorest! That is supposed to make us feel better?

I think you should return to Ecuador and see what is really going on here....

Since: Jan 10

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Oct 1, 2010
 
hillik wrote:
i have a flight tomorrow noon time to quito.
do you think i have to cancele it?
does the airport is open and we can drive safely to the city?
Hillik
Everything is mostly back to 'normal' here. The airport in Quito has reopened. If your driving use the same precautions you would use anytime you come here.

Hope this helps!

Since: Jan 10

Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Oct 1, 2010
 
Ramafuchs wrote:
I had never been there but I closely follow the turmoil and disturbances in Ecuador.
If you are in business trip take a risk.
If your trip is to relax and a holiday one try to cancell your trip..
Read this view with objective outlook.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php...
This link is BS! This was not a US attempt at a coup of Correa or anyone else. It amazes me that Thugo and Morales automatically thinks that the USA is behind every attempt to kill them and any other leader in South America.

If you never been here, do not rely on the internet to give you any real facts as to what is happening here, or anywhere else for that matter, on how safe or unsafe the country you want to visit is!

Anyone needs to do more research than to believe this BS on this one web site!
Tony from NH

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Dave in Canada wrote:
Do you think it is safe to travel in Ecuador next week? Interested in any comments from people in Ecuador now.
I just spent 18 days in Venezuela and Colombia. I lived for 18 years in Venezuela and have visited Colombia when it was not as "safe" as it is now. Latin America can be a very dangerous place but if you keep alow profile (don't flash a wad of dolars) don't get involved in what you shouldn't (drugs or politics) and are friendly you will find no warmer people than the latin americans.

Go to Ecuador spend some dolars and have a great time.

Later.
Tony.

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Oct 1, 2010
 
Most of my BS links are from reliable one.
Quote a non_BS source so that I can get a perspective view without criical mind sir.
I am Ramafuchs
Tony from NH

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As for other guy who says that Correa is trying to fix a corrupt country; why don't you take a look at how Chaves fixed Venezuela. He took the power away from the police force and now Caracas is probably the most dangerous city in the world. Correa, Chaves, Morales, Castro, Ortega they are all dictators who hide behind the altruism of socialism which by the way has never taken any country out of poverty and misery. I just hope the police and the military have the courage to sameday come back and send president Correa to Venezuela, Cuba or any other country that supports terrorists.
Ecuachet

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After living in Quito for a number of years, I have to agree with Latino Gringo. If there was any dramatic staging done it was by Correa and his buddies. I tend to think that the whole deal came about because Correa is a bully: "do as I say, there's nothing to talk about." The cops , who ride around in quad-cab pickups eating fruit, reading newspapers and magazines, talking on cell phones and generally NOT solving crimes want to maintain their wage system, which I have noticed is more of a socialist support system for those who can't, or won't, find or make employment for themselves. So, threatened with this new law that Correa's Congress wanted to put in place, without any discussion, the cops got pissed. There was no dialog. Correa went to the barracks to confront the cops. This disaster was of his own making. And the cops are still on the take.
Shannon

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Oct 3, 2010
 
I'm supposed to be going to Guayaquil tuesday and staying with so very good family friends for a MONTH! They live in Guayaquil and have family up in the mountain regions as well. So I was going to be going all around Ecuador! After what's happened I was planning on cancalling my trip but my friends there say it's fine and safe to go. I'm quite afraid of the things I've been reading the past few days and just don't know what to do? Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!
Rick Saugatuck MI

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Oct 4, 2010
 
I am travelling to Ecuador this month for a 3 week vacation trip. I will travel from Guayaquil to Cuenca and Quito by bus and plan to spend 5 days or more in each city. What is the most common type of crime against tourist, Mugging, hold up roberies , or pickpocket activities?

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Oct 4, 2010
 
Most of the Americans and British tourists in Bavarian October beer fest are unhurt.
Some will come again to Germany during the carnival in cologne.

But Ecuador is not a beer sipping carnival country.
jose

Ecuador

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Oct 5, 2010
 
Ramafuchs wrote:
Most of the Americans and British tourists in Bavarian October beer fest are unhurt.
Some will come again to Germany during the carnival in cologne.
But Ecuador is not a beer sipping carnival country.
Wow. I couldn't disagree with you more. Carnival is a huge part of Ecuador culture and their loyalty to their beer is unchallenged
Betty Ann Turner Caldwell

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Oct 19, 2010
 
There is corrution in all countries,but Latin American has so much drug cartels that are wanting to control all of it,for acountry that is rich in gold&oil u would think the goverment would want to help the poor.Just like the U.S.A,the leaders,(most of them) r in for themselves. only WE THE PEOPLE can change things. May GOD BE WITH US ALL!
MLC

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#18
Oct 25, 2010
 
I hate to jump on this bandwagon late, as I see most of these posts are from several weeks ago, but here are my thoughts. First, I'm an American living born and raised in Michigan, who married a Ecuadorian. I have traveled to Ecuador several times and I have been fortunate to see most of the country. Ecuador is a beautiful country that has much to offer (outside of the political front). Yes, there is corruption. Yes, Correa is just a puppet for Chavez. Yes, there is crime. However, I would never cancel a trip over a political fit. Right or wrong, the latest political issue in Ecuador is largely a "stunt" to get attention. As someone who had family members there, at times Correa's legislation has been troubling--directly influences family members and needs to be dealt with. However, as and American I have no right to tell another country what to do. As a traveler , I can let everyone know that by visiting Ecuador, it will pump money into the economy and help the big picture. This is what I do and I hope everyone will do the same: Travel to Ecuador (or any other country for that matter), do your research before hand so you know what to expect. Use the locals to guide you places (they have lived there their whole live, they know where to go), experience the culture, live with the people and enjoy the country. Be safe by taking the same measures you do anywhere else--don't flaunt your money via clothes, jewelry, cash or anything else. Simply use common sense!

Viva Ecuador!
Linda

United States

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Oct 27, 2010
 
Dave in Canada wrote:
Do you think it is safe to travel in Ecuador next week? Interested in any comments from people in Ecuador now.
I was in Ecuador during the "problem." It was greatly overplayed. Ecuador is not only safe but a wonderful place to visit. Go and enjoy.

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