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Assemblyman wants Azuay Prefect Yaku Pérez investigated for inciting rebellion

National Assemblyman Fabricio Villamar is asking the attorney general’s office to investigate Azuay Prefect Yaku Pérez for the crime of rebellion which is punishable for up to 10 years in prison.

Yaku Perez during an anti-mining protest in Quito in 2015.

Villamar, a member of the conservative Ahora Movement, says Pérez participated in last Friday’s occupation the National Assembly building that resulted in thousands of dollars of damage. Villamar says Pérez appears in surveillance videos when indigenous protesters overran police lines and entered the main assembly hall. In one of the videos Villamar says Pérez tells protesters they should “install a people’s parliament” to replace the elected assembly.”

“Publicly calling for a rebellion is a crime under Ecuadorian law,” Villamar said. “I am asking the prosecutor’s office to immediately open an investigation under article 336 of the Criminal Code.” He asked the National Assembly leadership to turn over to prosecutors all videos of the the October 8 occupation of the assembly.

21 thoughts on “Assemblyman wants Azuay Prefect Yaku Pérez investigated for inciting rebellion

  1. IF Assemblyman Villamar’s allegation proves to be true, that’s unfortunate for Ecuador. According to Wikipedia, Mr. Perez “became a doctor of jurisprudence at the University of Cuenca ; specializing in indigenous justice, environmental law, criminal law and criminology; and with a diploma in watershed and population management.”

    There is a huge divide between the government’s plan and what the population understand about that plan. It’s sad, IMHO, that individuals like Mr. Perez don’t use their obvious analytical and political skills to help bridge this divide. Mr. Perez either allows emotion to dominate his thinking, or he places his political ambition first. IF he is guilty of these accusations, then he’s become part of the problem, not the solution, and should accept the consequences. He would have a hard time claiming ignorance of the laws.

    1. Again, the title is biased and mis-leading. It uses a word that has negative connotations in order to sway public sentiment. . . Should there be no rebellion against government tyranny or should we just bend down and let them do whatever they want to us?

      1. So, if there’s a story about a man being killed in a car wreck and the headline says “Man killed in accident” you would call it biased and misleading? You’re a hoot.

        1. “A man killed” is not an emotionally-charged word as it is based on fact — “rebellion” is as most people do not look positively on that activity. Too bad I have to repeat what is so obvious.

          1. It depends on your level of PC, I guess. Villamar accuses Yaku of inciting rebellion — rebelión en espanol. Check the tape of the press conference. Might as well call a spade a spade, huh?

      2. Well, rebellion is a charged word. And, an interesting question is what is the line between protest and rebellion?

        What the government did was horribly planned and stupid. So were many of the actions taken to protest the government.

        Forcibly taking over buildings, a two pronged attack on the comptroller’s offices followed by torching them., firing homemade rockets at the security forces, using captured police as props, etc. were way over the line. These clearly merit the term “rebellion”.

              1. funny that you complain about ‘rebellion’ when it was accurate … they talked about overthrowing the elected government and replacing them with unelected ‘people’ but you are quite happy to use ‘enslave’ just because the price of gasoline went higher … you fanatics are funny.

      3. IMHO, LadyLee is correct in this instance. Let’s not be fettered by blinkered vision. The only difference between an odious rebellion and a glorious Revolution is who wins. That is what determines the “law”, and the option of a noose or a noble statue.

        As well, CHL can be notoriously misleading and provocative with the headlines that pick/adopt. Very Fox News of them. 60% of Americans only read the headlines.

        1. Pointless discussions like this are the reason that only 15% of website readers bother to scroll down below the article to read the comments section.

          1. AND there is nothing that stops uninformed people from voting. That is how countries place mob rule in their white houses. But dialogue, pointless or vital, does not have them as a target, so who cares? Harry, be honest, any comment that does not please you is instantly characterized as “pointless” or panned in some way. It is how you were brought up.

  2. Jaime Nebot called for the people to go to the streets and defend Guayaquil against indigenous invaders (who were never coming) and Cynthia Vitier blocked all the main roads coming into Guayaquil with massive trucks, yet still not a peep in the national media accusing them of inciting violence or paralyzing roads.

    I guess that’s why Nebot has been utterly silent since that day. He said the indigenous should “stay in the paramo”. He’s hoping time will pass and people will forget because there’s no way he can win the presidency without the indigenous vote.

    1. You might be overconfident predicting the “indigenous” vote in the next election. A lot of folks are high right now over the recent show of power by the indigenous people and the CONAIE organization. It never would have happened if the average “Jose” in Ecuador hadn’t supported the cause. If/when Rafael Correa ever returns to power, it won’t be because of indigenous support.

      1. I didn’t say it would, but Nebot will never win the presidency without the indigenous vote.

        And seriously, you guys need to lose this obsession with Correa. This isn’t about whether or not he “returns to power”. It’s about Moreno imposing a deal on a country that never voted for it and in fact voted for the exact opposite approach. If I had my druthers, Patricio Rivera would be the next president of Ecuador. But before any of that, the important thing is to stop this wholesale looting of the country.

        1. Patricio Rivera. I shall study up on him.

          As for the wholesale looting of Ecuador, it is a tradition. it started 500 years ago with the Spanish and then American business and now “deals” with the Chinese and American governments.

          One of the problems I have noticed among older middle class Ecuadorians (like Moreno) is that they are oriented by their earlier upbringing towards the USA. That is THEIR heritage from the century of US control/ exploitation. As it turns out, any benefits from that are dated legacy but one which Moreno is mired in. It doesn’t take a scientist to realize that having the US as an ally is not a far-reaching advantage. The entire planet is scrambling for alternatives.

          1. It’s a far reaching advantage for Moreno. Where do you think he’ll flee to with all his stolen millions once Nebot and the PSC stop protecting him? If he’s lucky, Harvard will even make him a professor like they did for Jamil Mahuad. The empire has a long history of rewarding its accomplices.

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