Who cares about South America’s oil and commodities?

You are. I am. And apparently, we are joined by some people who are more aggressive than intelligent. Viz:



Dear people who think this was just a labor protest by the cops and had nothing to do with oil or gas: Perhaps you’d like to visit sometime and take a look at my etchings.

Dear fans of the self-coup hypothesis: Allow me to introduce you to the 9-11 truthers. You folks will get along great.

Dear CNN Español: When you say there are “hundreds” of people in the street (sorry, no link), that normally means “fewer than 1,000.” The troops in this video alone numbered in the hundreds. Moments earlier there was live footage of police firing on approaching demonstrators and other live footage of at least 1,000 in front of the presidential palace. All told, I think it would have been safe to say “thousands.” As someone who has struggled in the past to convince people to come out to demonstrations, and also as a reporter who is pledged to accuracy, I find it especially upsetting that some hueón in a nice tie in Mexico City can with a word eliminate from awareness and (one version of) history the existence and passion of thousands of people who are risking their lives to defend a flawed and annoying but normally peaceful democracy.

3 thoughts on “Who cares about South America’s oil and commodities?

  1. Colbert Nationalist

    “a flawed and annoying but normally peaceful democracy.”

    You appear to have missed the last 15 years of Ecuador’s political history. Or perhaps you were only referring to the last 4 years or so…

    Also, regarding the “self-coup”. The idea that Correa started this whole mess intentionally is quite laughable. But the idea that he’s going to milk the shit out of it (including using the pity-induced popularity boost to wipe out the rest of the government) isn’t crazy at all. After all, he’s is the smartest of Chavez’s stooges.

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      Right on both counts — I was talking about just the past couple-few years. And of course he’ll milk it. Which is why I say the planners were more aggressive than intelligent.

  2. HalfEmpty

    As someone who has struggled in the past to convince people to come out to demonstrations, and also as a reporter who is pledged to accuracy,

    Pick one…. go with it. :)

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