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By Christian Tym: «Recently I came across a report in The Guardian about the murder of José Tendetza, a Shuar indigenous leader, in a remote region of the Ecuadorian Amazon near the Peruvian border. The Guardian gave the impression that Ecuador’s left-wing government had turned murderous in an obsession with exploiting mineral wealth; the death of the indigenous leader was all but explicitly blamed on President Rafael Correa.

I was not surprised by the paranoiac take on the leftist leader. When Correa was held hostage by police during an attempted coup on 30 September 2010, The Guardian incredibly criticized Correa for “an authoritarian drift” for declaring a state of emergency during the crisis. The report declined to explain the context of the declaration, which ended in a firefight between police and loyal sectors of the military.»

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