Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Tuesday said regional democracies are threatened by “illegitimate” actions taken by groups seeking to destabilize elected governments during his visit to Suriname.
Correa visited his Surinamese counterpart Dési Bouterse on Wednesday before attending the latter’s presidential inauguration for his second term.
The Ecuadorean head of state said that governments should primarily focus on conflicts at home and not just conflicts between nations.
"More than conflicts between countries, where there are some shortcomings and always will be resolved through dialogue, there are conflicts inside countries; permanent war, soft blows, make no mistake," Correa said.
“Rafael (Correa) holds a meeting with Desire Delano Bouterse before the Presidential ceremony.”
His comments come as Ecuador experiences political unrest, which has been ongoing since June this year when waves of protest by opposition groups targeted changes to the wealth redistribution tax laws and Correa's renewed presidency.
Protests are set to start again this week with some Indigenous groups calling for a controversial “uprising” against the state after refusing to take part in a government-sponsored national dialogue over land and water laws.
Meanwhile, the Ecuadorean opposition trade union announced it’s planning to close down major highways around the country at midnight, Wednesday, as part of national anti-government actions, the organization’s leader has warned.
Correa affirmed in his visit to Suriname that despite opposition rallies, his government holds overwhelming popular support.
"(They) are not right, they don't have the truth, they don't have legality, they don't have legitimacy, they don't have the support; but they have the force, they have the media, they have the economic means,” Correa said. “But that's the struggle for liberation.”