Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for an urgent meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to discuss tensions and possible coup plots against the government of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.
“It's time for us to activate all our solidarity with the people of Ecuador and with President Rafael Correa,” Maduro said Saturday during an event in the Venezuelan state of Miranda.
The call comes after Correa denounced that a coup plot was being hatched against him as he returns Sunday from the European Union-CELAC meeting in Brussels.
Throughout this week, parallel demonstrations have been held both against and in support of President Correa, who left to the Belgian capital on June 8.
The Ecuadorean head of state used his Twitter account to call upon his supporters to gather early at the Presidential Palace Monday in support of his government.
¡Gracias Quito! ¡Gracias Guayaquil! ¡Gracias Ecuador, por la paz y la presencia! Gracias a mis compañeros por su gran trabajo, me...— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) junio 13, 2015
...hubiera encantado estar con ustedes en esta jornada de alegría y revolución. El lunes a las 11:00, tod@s a la Plaza Grande para el...— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) junio 13, 2015
...Cambio de Guardia. ¡Somos más, muchísimo más!— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) junio 13, 2015
“Thank you Quito! Thank you Guayaquil! Thank you Ecuador for your peace and your presence! I want to thank my partners for their great job, I would have loved to be with you during this day of happiness and revolution. On Monday at 11:00, everyone to the Plaza Grande (Main Square) for the change of guards. We are more! Many more!” read the series of tweets.
Speaking from Milan, the president explained during his weekly television program Citizen Link (Enlace Ciudadano) that the opposition is sowing confusion about a government proposal to increase the inheritance and capital gains tax of the top 2 percent of Ecuadorean as an excuse to try and to oust him.
“The real motive is to overthrow the government. Its not about abolishing the inheritance tax, its about toppling the national government … they had everything ready...they have foreign advisers” he said.
Maduro, who could not be in Brussels due to illness, warned that the Ecuadorean right-wing will resort to violence in its attempts to destabilize Correa's left-wing administration.