Representatives of popular movements in Brazil meet this Thursday (30th) with former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, in São Paulo. The meeting will have the participation of members of trade union centrals, student organizations and civil society entities, as well as researchers.
The Ecuadorian political leader is the victim of an internationally recognized case of lawfare – i.e. a political and judicial persecution. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in his home country. He currently lives in Belgium as a political exile.
“O lawfare it has been applied in recent years to the different progressive leaders who failed to defeat at the polls: Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador. This is not by chance, it is part of the strategy”, said the former president during live in May last year.
Correa and his deputy, Jorge Glas, were accused of receiving improper campaign financing through financial transfers from construction companies. In addition to the arrest warrant, they had their political rights suspended for 25 years. Glas was arrested, but obtained habeas corpus.
The purpose of this Thursday’s meeting is to hold a debate on the progress of Latin American political processes. Correa presided over Ecuador between 2007 and 2017.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho
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