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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Public meeting: Celebrating Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution - No to intervention

Tuesday 12 February, 7pm, Bolivar Hall, 54–56 Grafton Way, London, W1T 5DL (Nearest tube Warren St).
Speakers include:
• José María Guijarro, adviser to the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister
• Robin Blackburn, author and writer who recently interviewed President Correa for New Left Review
• Chris Williamson MP
• Stephanie Pearce, Queen Mary’s University
• Lindsey German, Stop the War
• Francisco Dominguez, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Ecuadorians go to the polls to elect their President on 17 February 2013. Like other parts of Latin America, Ecuador is today being transformed by progressive social and economic reforms known as the Citizens’ Revolution. These are delivering free healthcare and education, tackling poverty and creating a more equal society. Ecuador is also at the forefront of ground-breaking environmental measures.

For all these reasons and more, President Correa is polling at around 60% and is the overwhelming favourite to be re-elected. But he warned in early January of possible external plots to remove him in the run-up to the election. A right-wing coup was attempted against him in September 2010.

This meeting will look at the achievements of the Citizens’ Revolution, the undemocratic attempts to overturn these and why we must defend the right of the Ecuadorian people to determine their own future, free from external intervention.

Come and find out more about how Ecuador and Latin America are showing there is an alternative!