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Inside The Diplomatic Breakup Of Mexico And Ecuador

The dispute stemmed from a show of force at the Mexican embassy in Quito. Inside The Diplomatic Breakup Of Mexico And Ecuador Shutterstock

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It all started on Friday when authorities in the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito stormed into the Mexican embassy to arrest a political asylee who had been living there for several months.

The forceful raid sent shockwaves through Mexico and resulted in the abrupt end of all significant diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Who is Jorge Glas?

According to reports, the man targeted in the raid was Jorge Glas, a former vice president of Ecuador who entered the Mexican embassy late last year to seek asylum after being indicted on corruption charges. After he was apprehended on Friday, he was reportedly transported to a maximum security prison in Guayaquil.

Sonia Vera, an attorney representing Glas, said the officers “knocked him to the floor, kicked him in the head, in the spine, in the legs, the hands” and “dragged him out” when he was unable to walk.

At the root of the charges against him was an investigation into allegations of bribery related to, among other things, his oversight of construction projects in the aftermath of a 2016 earthquake.

“Totally outside the norm”

Generally speaking, embassies are not subject to such intrusions, which is why, in addition to severing diplomatic ties with Ecuador, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is calling on the World Court to challenge the raid.

Mexican official Roberto Canseco also weighed in on the shocking display of force, asserting: “This is not possible. It cannot be. This is crazy. I am very worried because they could kill him. There is no basis to do this. This is totally outside the norm.”

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Gabriela Sommerfeld defended the raid, describing Glas as an “imminent flight risk” and declaring that “it is not legal to grant asylum to people convicted of common crimes and by competent courts.”

Chris Agee
Chris Agee April 8th, 2024
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