MEXICO CITY, Sept 30 Latin American leaders
condemned unrest in Ecuador on Thursday and threw their support
behind President Rafael Correa as he faced crowds of police
protesting over austerity plans.
"They're trying to depose President Correa," Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez, a fellow leftist and ally of the
Ecuadorean leader, said on Twitter.
"Viva Correa!" wrote Chavez, who later told state TV the
embattled Ecuadorean leader's life was in danger as he faced
demonstrators from inside a Quito hospital, after being
attacked by tear gas and hit by a flying object in the melee.
Chavez, along with leaders of Chile, Peru and Colombia,
were expected to meet in Buenos Aires on Thursday evening in
support of Correa, who has been considering dissolving
Ecuador's Congress, where members of his left-wing party are
blocking cost-cutting proposals. [ID:nN30130945]
In Santiago, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera told
reporters he had spoken with Correa and promised him "our full
support for order, democracy and the constitutional government
of President Rafael Correa."
Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in a Twitter message
that Mexico "expresses its concern over the events in Ecuador
today that could affect institutions in our brother country."
Argentina "categorically rejects the uprising by military
and police forces which put democratic institutions in Ecuador
at risk," the government of Argentine President Cristina
Fernandez said in a statement.
"Latin America will not accept any more attacks on
democracy nor attempts to sidestep the popular will manifest at
the ballot box," it said.
Peruvian President Alan Garcia and Colombian President Juan
Manuel Santos -- both of whom closed their borders with
neighboring Ecuador -- and Bolivian President Evo Morales all
promised support for Correa.
"We consider reprehensible any act of defiance against the
representative of the Ecuadorean people," Garcia said.
Support for Correa, first elected in 2006 promising to
combat corruption and increase state control of natural
resources, came from as far away as France and Spain, where the
Foreign Ministry condemned "any break with constitutional
Correa has faced a cash crunch since Ecuador defaulted on
$3.2 billion in global bonds two years ago. Correa declared the
(Reporting by Guido Nejamkis and Luis Andres Henao in Buenos
Aires, Alonso Soto and Antonio de la Jara in Santiago, Cyntia
Barrera Diaz in Mexico City, Carlos Quiroga in La Paz, and the
Lima newsroom; writing by Alexandria Sage; editing by Missy
Ryan and )