Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, which is based in the United States, says that the recent coup attempt in Ecuador was definitely organized by the US.
She made the remarks in an interview with the Fars news agency published on Friday.
“Without a doubt, the United States was behind the coup in Ecuador,” La Riva asserted
And “the details of the United States’ involvement in the recent coup attempt in Ecuador will come to light with the passing of time,” she added.
La Riva was a member of the Workers World Party for many years and was the party’s vice presidential candidate in 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2000.
She also ran for governor of California in 1994 and 1998 as the Peace and Freedom Party candidate.
In addition, she was the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s candidate in the 2008 US presidential election.
La Riva is also a volunteer organizer for A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism).
The recent coup attempt in Ecuador, where certain military figures tried to overthrow the Ecuadorian government, was backed by the US government, La Riva stated.
La Riva said that the United States tried to renew the lease for its military base in the city of Manta, but Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa rejected the proposal.
The US wanted to renew the lease for the base to increase its military presence in the Latin American country, she opined.
La Riva said the US is attempting to use its military presence in Latin America to counter ‘rebel’ countries like Venezuela and Cuba, but Correa’s rebuff caused the US to lose some of its influence in Ecuador.
In response to the recent events in Ecuador, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not take sides with the coup plotters, unlike the situation in Venezuela in April 2002, when the US sided with the coup plotters but was defeated when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to power, she noted.
La Riva praised the Ecuadorian people and expressed satisfaction that the people of Ecuador, just like the people of Venezuela, thwarted an attempt to carry out a military coup.