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Wife of jailed Venezuelan protest leader and Lasso supporter denied entry to Ecuador

Immigration officers at Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport refused to allow Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed Venezuelan protest leader Leopoldo López, to enter the country on Wednesday morning.

A defiant Lilian Tintori at the Guayaquil airport Wednesday.

In its explanation of the denial, the government said that the tourist visa Tintori attempted to enter under is incompatible with engaging in political activities. “The tourist visa is intended for tourism, not for engaging in campaigns or social movements,” said Deputy Interior Minister Diego Fuentes at an afternoon press conference. “Mrs. Tintori admitted that she came to Ecuador for the purpose of political proselytizing.”

Prior to her trip, Tintori had announced that she was coming to Ecuador to campaign with government opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, and Lasso and his wife were, in fact, at the airport to meet Tintori.

Lasso blasted the government for denying entry to Tintori. “This is more proof that we live under dictatorship and that it is time for a change,” said. “The government says it has open borders but it obviously only applies in selective cases.” He said that the order to deny Tintori entry came directly President Rafael Correa following a phone call from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Lopez, is serving a 13-year sentence for leading protests against the Venezuelan government, some of which turned violent.

In his news conference, Fuentes said that the law on entry to Ecuador is clear. “The Law of Mobility states that foreigners entering the country must have a visa that corresponds to the purpose of the visit. In this case, Mrs Tintori is not coming to Ecuador to engage in tourist activities.” Fuentes added that Ecuador’s immigration rules are similar to those used in other countries.

The Law of Human Mobility states that “temporary foreign visitors cannot interfere in matters of the internal politics of Ecuador.”

Tintori, who was placed on an American Airlines flight back to Miami Wednesday afternoon, said she was not sure if she would apply for another visa and attempt to return.

“The voters of Ecuador have a choice to make,” she said before leaving Guayaquil. “I urge them to vote against the dictatorship of the current government. Please, don’t make the mistake we made in Venezuela.”

  • Galileo

    Miami? I am wondering if Cong. Ross-Leitin paid for her trip? Sorry Lilian, the law is the law and will be so until another party takes over the government.
    Go somewhere else to cause problems and stay out of Ecuador.

  • Mark E. Campbell

    She was on my flight. I had no clue who she was, but all of the Ecuadorians on my flight sure did! (She was in First Class)

  • Beth

    “Guillermo Lasso. Lasso and his wife were, in fact, at the airport to meet Tintori” – Too bad, desperate loser.

    • Jason Faulkner

      But now she’s on Venezuelan television repeating over and over that she doesn’t even know Guillermo Lasso

  • Galileo

    I certainly hope the loser of the election, regardless of party affiliation, will support and follow the laws of Ecuador for a peaceful transition. Now is not the time to start a civil confrontation. I will vote and if my selection does not win I will support the elected candidate, no matter what.

    • nards barley

      Not planning an armed insurrection?
      Do you predict one in Venezuela next year?

      • Galileo

        OMG, I certainly hope not Nards.

      • koralys hidalgo

        no.

  • Seneschal

    I read the new law in its entirety (its available on the National Assembly’s website). Under Capítulo III. Personas extranjeras en el Ecuador, Articulo 49.-Derecho a la participación política (right to political participation), it states: “Las personas extranjeras que residan en el Ecuador tendrán derecho al voto y a ser elegidos para cargos públicos, siempre que hayan residido legalmente en el país al menos cinco años, conforme a lo dipuesto en la Constitución y la ley.

    Las personas visitantes temporales en el Ecuador no podrán inmiscuirse en asuntos de política interna del Ecuador.”

    It is this last paragraph, which roughly translated says that if you are a temporary visitor to Ecuador you can not interfere in matters of the internal politics of Ecuador, while the first paragraph grants full rights to vote and be elected to office after residing here legally for five years.

    This is a part of the new immigration law passed in February.

    • koralys hidalgo

      Y sin embrgo ellos los venezolanos que se han ido allá a Quito son de lo peor y siguen viaje al sur Perú Chile, Argentina a participar armando escándalos por donde pasan aupando “guarimabas” quemando todo a su paso es muy triste que se gasten el dinero para que la Tintori viaje a los paises que son progresistas.

  • Globetrotter

    I am all for free movement of peoples but the circumstances make it obvious what her intent was..to intervene in another country’s election where she has no right to vote with a risk of people getting hurt.

    I wish Republicans were as reactive about Russian intervention. But even before Nixon, unprincipled politicians and supporters will seek assistance from any place they can find it.

    • Jason Faulkner

      The thing is, all she had to say to immigration was that she was coming to visit friends, do some shopping, go sightseeing, whatever. She intentionally applied for a tourist visa then told immigration that she was here to participate in political events. This was all for show. Red meat for the 35% of people who are still gullible enough to vote for Lasso. He’s reached his ceiling. Now he’s reaching.

  • Beth

    Trying to import a thugette to ‘help’ your failing campaign speaks volumes. Vamos por mas, baby

  • zoltan strigan

    Ecuador’s Right-Wing Candidate Linked to 49 Tax Haven Companies

    TeleSUR. March 16, 2017

    Ecuadorean presidential
    candidate Guillermo Lasso is connected to 49 companies in offshore tax
    havens, Pagina 12 reports, presenting challenges to his campaign ahead
    of the April 2 runoff election.

    The companies, based in
    Panama, the Cayman Islands and Delaware, have diverse names that hide
    Lasso’s role.

    Pagina 12 reports that
    between 1999 and 2000, around the same time former Ecuadorean President
    Jamil Mahuad dollarized the country’s economy and Lasso served as
    minister of finance, Lasso’s fortune went up from US$1 million to US$31
    million dollars.

    The right-wing banker
    candidate is believed to have boosted his fortune by speculating on
    government bonds ahead of dollarization, which left millions of
    Ecuadoreans in poverty.

    “The financier tried in
    recent years to tidy up his businesses in order to enter the political
    arena,” the investigative report says. “However, the magnitude of the
    offshore companies and their profits could implicate him in tax
    evasion.”

    Last month, Ecuador became
    the first country in the world to pass a plebiscite to ban public
    officials from having assets or capital in tax havens. All public
    servants and elected officials now have one year to bring any offshore
    investments back to the country or they will be removed from office for
    violating the policy, aimed at combating tax havens and increasing the
    accountability of public officials.

    Now that Lasso has been
    connected to offshore tax havens, his presidential candidacy may be at
    risk.

    Dubbed the “Ecuadorean
    Trump,” Lasso wants to cut taxes on the rich, downsize government
    institutions, privatize school systems and allow increased foreign
    investment if elected. Overall, he wants to roll back advances made by
    Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and the democratic socialist
    Citizens’ Revolution.

    Lasso’s formal entry into
    politics began in 1998, when he was appointed as the governor of Guayas
    province by Mahuad. During that year’s election campaign, Lasso had been
    one of Mahuad’s biggest donors.

    In 1999, Mahuad appointed
    Lasso as Ecuador’s minister of finance and energy. In that role, Lasso
    oversaw a significant increase in the sales tax on basic goods which
    primarily affected poor and middle-class Ecuadoreans.

    He then resigned as finance
    minister just months before Mahuad fled the country after being ousted
    by an Indigenous-led uprising in the wake of the massive banking and
    dollarization scandal.

    Despite overseeing Ecuador’s
    economy in the lead-up to the country’s worst-ever economic crisis,
    Lasso himself was never charged in connection to the banking scandal. It
    left the country’s economy crippled and led to the forced migration of
    almost three million Ecuadoreans.

  • Rebecca

    Yes, Stay in the US and work with those who want to limit the damage done by the present administration

  • Ecuatoriana soy YO

    It’s ridiculous how correa dictates what is right & wrong, as if he owns the country, he can bring in anyone he wants to influence in his friend’s campaign to try to make sure his dictatorship continues by bringing in CHILENO COMUNISTA PATRICIO MERY BELL using our money to pay for it too. We don’t want our beautiful country ECUADOR to become a cuba o venezuela! our forefathers fought for our independence from the Spaniards. all those people dressed in green are happy because they are selfish only thinking about themselves and their family, if they think this is a democracy and want to be like venezuela or cuba, they should go move to one of those countries..he will NOT GET AWAY with everything he’s doing to us! Seems like the trolls are having a great time here, I’m sure you trolls don’t live here, and if you do you must be correistas!

    • Galileo

      You are so anti-President Correa, what is five examples of your complaints against him? I kind of like the guy and the country seems much better now than when he took office.

      • koralys hidalgo

        claro que esta mejor los anteriores presidentes del ecuador, fueron ladrones del erario publico …

    • Jason Faulkner

      You should look up the definition of troll. For some reason, the opposition has been duped into believing Andres Paez’s definition: i.e., anyone he doesn’t agree with.

      You people are so easily manipulated. If you were in the U.S., you would have voted for Trump.

    • StillWatching

      Upvoting yourself is really tacky

      • Ecuatoriana soy YO

        TROLL!

        • StillWatching

          I’m a troll because you are so egotistical that you upvote yourself? You’re basically stupid.

  • Ecuatoriana soy YO

    TOP DEFINITION -> trolling: Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.
    Guy: “I just found the coolest ninja pencil in existence.”
    Other Guy: “I just found the most retarded thread in existence.”

    • Jason Faulkner

      You should also look up the definition of top. With such an inability to understand how a dictionary works, it’s easy to see how you’ve been manipulated to deny objective reality. In politics it’s called being a useful idiot.

  • StillWatching

    The definition of troll? jajajajajajajajajaja. You proved that you made up your own definition of troll and when I proved you were lying about it, you crawled into the woodwork and hid.

    Proof upon request.

    • Ecuatoriana soy YO

      TROLL!!