Stories about Ecuador from September, 2010
The Ecuadorian police are leading a strike against reforms to the public service law, unleashing chaos in the country. Since this morning, Twitter users have been reporting on the events and reacting to the developing news.
Ecuadorians are devastated and surprised by news about one of their citizens: this past week, football referee Byron Moreno Ruales was caught trying to smuggle 6 kilos of heroin strapped to his body through the JFK international airport in New York City.
The Colombia-Ecuador border is once again a contentious issue. Both countries have a border of 586 km and with it a long history of conflict, mutual accusations and reports of armed conflict and displacement.
#sitomasnomanejes [if you drink, don’t drive] is the recent Twitter campaign to reduce the number of deaths from traffic accidents in Ecuador. Twitter users have been hashtagging #sitomasnomanejes amidst the nationwide commotion caused by recent and fatal car accidents and a discussions regarding the country’s new traffic law.
President Rafael Correa recently vetoed a law that aims to reform higher education; the law he received for a final confirmation differed from the original project he had pushed. University officials, students and others involved in higher education are discussing the reform and the different versions of the law.
Global Voices in Spanish is pleased to announce a new Blog Carnival, which this time targets bloggers from Ecuador, with the topic: "Internet, Society and Participation." Find out about how, when and where you can participate or get involved.
Through the web, using YouTube and his blog, journalist Carlos Vera has spread his plan to constitutionally remove President Rafael Correa from office. Other bloggers have also given their opinion on the proposal, which now also includes the removal of some local authorities.
The Global Voices Latin America team of volunteer authors has grown over the past three years. During this transition and the presentation of a new Regional Editor, Silvia Viñas, let's take a look at the diverse community of committed bloggers from this region.
Carla Badillo Coronado posts a set of photos in her blog Mujer en Tierra Firme [es], showing the Afro-Ecuadorian people of Valle del Chota.