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President Rafael Correa addresses Newsweek article on Indigenous massacre in Ecuador

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    ...who writes in the Expreso and thinks he
    knows about economics. And he knows some,
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    he's somewhat informed, but he's a Libertarian,
    so his ideology clouds him, makes him lose
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    objectivity. Ok. Let's see how the attacks
    of the international press continue against
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    the Citizen's Revolution. This is the "free
    press" of Capitalism. They have their media
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    outlets, and yes, if there's a traffic accident,
    in the end, maybe they can inform you objectively,
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    if a train derails, or a hurricane.
    But when it comes to political or social economy, or
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    challenges to the System, they are never going
    to inform you objectively, they are propaganda
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    machines that try to annihilate anyone who
    dares to defy the System. Let's look at the
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    "report", between quotation marks, because
    it's a bunch of lies, from the extreme right
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    wing magazine Newsweek, about Ecuador and
    basically about the massacre of our Taromenane
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    brothers. Do we have this one on video? Ok,
    let's roll the clip. The north American right
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    wing magazine Newsweek, with a total lack
    of profesisonal ethics, open to lies and attacking
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    the government for being left wing, publishes
    on its pages a completely wrong news story
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    about the conflict between people of the Taromenane
    and the Huaorani tribes, and the supposed
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    kidnapping of two girls. The magazine, with
    malice, wants there to be talk of a "massacre,"
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    when no dead bodies are yet to be found. Despite
    this, the magazine titles the article "After
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    All the People We Killed, We Felt Dizzy."
    Yellow journalism, in its maximum expression!
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    This is the freedom of expression of Capital.
    Within the article, the magazine writes: The
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    facts regarding this horrific incident were
    widely known across Ecuador by early April,
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    but eight months went by before the government
    even acknowledged them." Lies! The government
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    never hid the facts. It lent its complete
    support to the investigation that was carried
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    out by the Attorney General. The government
    even formed a top-notch commission to clarify
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    the events that occurred. It is then written:
    "President Rafael Correa downplayed whatever
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    happened that bloody day in March as just
    one of many conflicts between the tribes."
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    Lies! The President of Ecuador Never said
    such things. What is written in this right
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    wing publication Newsweek is a complete calumny.
    A collection of imprecisions that completely
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    miss the truth. The magazine continues to
    add to the lies: "Correa ordered the arrest
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    of six Huaorani were arrested, and now face
    charges of genocide ... Without warning, the
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    Ecuadorean government snatched the girls back."
    Lies! The Attorney General is who solicits
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    judicial orders from a judge, who is then
    in charge of issuing it or not, the order
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    to detain a person. The President Rafael Correa
    cannot order the arrest of any citizen. Also,
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    the government did not kidnap the girls, as
    the article writes with bad intentions. It
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    was the Attorney General who Rescued one Taromenane
    girl from the hands of her kidnappers. Let
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    it be said, by the way, that those kidnappers
    were the ones who had murdered her parents.
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    The article adds: "when Cabodevilla was ready
    to publish his book about the massacre, someone
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    from the attorney general's office sought
    an injunction to forbid its publication ... the
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    short-lived ban confirmed what many suspected:
    the government was ashamed of the massacre."
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    Lies! It was the People's Ombudsman's Office
    who solicited measures from a judge to prohibit
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    the circulation of the book A Hidden Tragedy.
    It was the Ombudsman's Office. The government
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    never forbade the circulation of the book.
    The North American right wing magazine Newsweek,
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    with a total lack of professional ethics,
    deceives and lies bald-facedly, to try to
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    hurt a worthy and sovereign government. The
    free expression of Capital. Cynicism and lies,
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    verified. That's the Anglo Saxon free expression
    that they want to impose on us. They're their
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    vaues that they want to impose them universally
    on us. The freedom of Capital to do what it
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    wishes, to lie, to attack, because we are
    left wing. Newsweek does a report that it
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    totally wrong. I do believe that there was
    a massacre, by the way, even though no bodies
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    have been found. But that we tried to hide
    it, why? Yes, the title of the book by Miguel
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    Angel Cabodevilla. I read that book. It was
    of a very low quality, honestly. To begin
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    with, there was a large quantity of footnotes,
    which is always a disrespect to the author,
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    I mean disrespect to the reader. Laziness
    of the author who instead of incorporating
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    the information in the text so that it flows,
    no, he makes the reader do the work every
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    so often to interrupt their reading and go
    look at the footnotes. Contradictions, unfounded
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    speculation: that if they had done this, then
    there wouldn't have been this ... Come on,
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    we did what was possible, maybe we should
    have done more, we are investigating. But
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    can they guarantee that one could have avoided
    the vengeance of the Huaorani? These are extremely
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    difficult things, that it's not that they're
    been treated, they've been mistreated. These
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    Srs. from Newsweek say I've tried to hide
    the massacre, that even though I've named
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    a commission to investigate all this. The
    main error, that Correa took eight months
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    to investigate, these people should find out
    that within the structure of Ecuadorian State,
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    the investigating entity is the Attorney General.
    I was actually upset with how long it took
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    them, the AG, to investigate. That "Correa
    ordered the arrest of six Huaorani" - That
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    these people should find out that I can't
    order the arrest of anybody. Maybe if there's
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    a contravention, yes, but for the investigation
    of a crime, no. That's something the Attorney
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    General asks for and the judge orders it.
    That "Correa kidnapped two girls," or "the
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    government kidnapped two girls" ... can you
    see the bad faith there? That's something
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    the Attorney General did. And they RESCUED
    one girl, who was in the hands of the people
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    who had kidnapped her and killed her family.
    That girl is not in a different Huaorani community,
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    safe, protected by the Ecuadorian state. That
    the government stopped, due to its embarrassment
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    about the massacre, that the Hidden Tragedy
    book circulate. That was the Ombudsman office,
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    when the ombudsperson wasn't even in the country,
    it was a decision of the second in command.
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    I found out because the President of the National
    Assembly calls me. But do you realize? Probably,
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    Newsweek got this information from some hater
    of the government. But it's Newsweek fault.
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    Because they have to contrast the information.
    Newsweek is lying. So, Ecuadorians, the only
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    way to in some way mitigate this false freedom
    of expression that isn't anything but the
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    freedom of Capital to do whatever it wants
    to, is with a citizen reaction. So. We are
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    going to send the following Twitter to Newsweek
    with a link so that they find out the truth
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    , so that they don't do yellow journalism.
    Because even the photo is scandalous, right,
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    and what does the photo have to do with the
    Taromenane? But that's the level of this magazine.
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    So that they come to Ecuador, find out about
    the institutions in the country, find out
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    everything that we are doing, and don't speak
    so much nonsense and open lies, mistakes,
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    montruous imprecisions, such as attributing
    the investigation t the government, when who
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    investigates the crimes, in the judicial organization
    of Ecuador, is the Attorney General. Even
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    those such elementary mistakes this magazine
    has, probably a product that some bad faith
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    person send them the information, one of the
    contrarians that are in Ecuador. But it's
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    the magazine's fault. They should contrast
    the information, ask for the other version,
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    but this is the freedom of expression of Capital.
    Freedom, with their money, to try to sink
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    anyone who opposes their vision and their
    interests. And with their media power, try
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    to discredit a president just because I don't
    submit to the same as ever. They're not going
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    to accomplish it. But so that they're a little
    more decent, and professional quality, we're
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    going to send them the following Twitter,
    with a link so that they find out about the
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    truth, and are a little more ethical and professional.
    Here we are, sending it to @Newsweek. And
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    I hope that thousands, tens of thousands of
    citizens can replicate this Twitter, to that
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    these people know that despite their millions,
    despite their power, they are being watched
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    by the human beings, by the citizens, and
    we will not permit their lies remain in impunity.
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    Here goes the Twitter. And that takes us to
    a link, show the previous slide, where it
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    says, for example: why don't you come to Ecuador?
    Also evidence of their double moral, right?
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    Because they talk about Yasuni, and the Taromenane,
    saying I have the whole country against me,
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    because nobody is in favour of drilling responsibly
    in the Yasuni. Let them come and find out
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    the truth. Let them find out the results of
    the next elections on February 23. The biggest
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    truth that can exist. And the great question:
    how much virgin rainforest exists in United
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    States? How many uncontacted groups exist
    in United States? Don't be audacious. Don't
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    expect from others what you never expected
    from yourselves. Let's continue. (musical
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    interlude) We also say to this corrupt press,
    where freedom of expression isn't for human
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    but for capital, for money, that's the freedom
    of expression they defend: your article is
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    imprecise and it deceives. Come to Ecuador,
    and do some investigation because you publish
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    so much nonsense. It says there: those in
    charge of the investigation aren´t the government,
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    rather the Attorney General. That it's the
    Attorney General who orders the rescue of
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    the Taromenane girl, not both girls, one girl.
    That the government never denied the conflict,
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    that's a lie. Let's continue. Stop your hypocrisy.
    Next, please. There's no more, just that?
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    Ok. It won't be left in impunity this corrupt
    press, national or international, and how?
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    With the reaction of citizens. All of us:
    to reproduce the Twitter. The Newsweek article
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    is a calumny, entirely. Probably, insist,
    one of the same embittered contrarians of
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    always, a permanent hater, from Ecuador sent
    the article, so it's not an investigative
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    article but an opposition article, but it's
    the magazine's fault. It has to contrast the
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    information, like any journalism ethics would
    demand. They present any foolishness, and
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    make it say senseless things, things totally
    wrong and far from the truth. And who are
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    these people? Well, let's see another example
    of the powers we have to go against. And the
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    funniest thing, they say nothing is happening.
    Thanks to a wonderful investigation by the
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    Telegrafo newspaper... (goes on to next story)
Title:
President Rafael Correa addresses Newsweek article on Indigenous massacre in Ecuador
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