QUITO – A commission created in Ecuador to investigate the police revolt of Sept. 30, 2010, found that “certain political actors” were implicated in the actions undertaken, including former President Lucio Gutierrez.
The commission made public its conclusions on the third anniversary of the event and said that those implicated in the revolt undertook “a process of destabilization and conspiracy” against the center-left administration of President Rafael Correa.
Army and police special forces had to rescue Correa from a Quito hospital following an armed clash with mutinous police, who surrounded the facility where the head of state was receiving treatment for injuries suffered during a meeting with disgruntled officers.
Correa was hurt while addressing cops unhappy about a new salary regime.
Around a dozen people were killed in incidents connected with the police mutiny, which Correa has always maintained was an attempted coup.
The chairman of the investigative panel, Carlos Baca, said that a week before the revolt, Gutierrez met in Miami with former Ecuadorian intelligence chief Mario Pazmińo and with Roberto Isaias Dassum, erstwhile owner of a now-defunct bank at the center of a 1990s financial meltdown that cost Ecuador’s taxpayers some $6 billion.
At the meeting, according to the investigation, it was said that if Correa and Venezuela’s then-president – Hugo Chavez, who has since died of cancer – were eliminated, their program of “21st century socialism” would end.
Regarding this investigation, Gutierrez demanded that it be shown that he was part of the alleged coup attempt, something that he called “a mockery of the intelligence of Ecuadorians.”