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Monday, March 19, 2007

Referendum Backed By 30,000 Ecuadoreans

Quito, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa welcomed on Friday the participation of 30,000 people in the Guayaquil march to support the referendum on the Constituent Assembly, and questioned media coverage of the event.
"With their customary arrogance and disdain, elites do not want to recognize that there were 30,000 Ecuadoreans in the march of Guayaquil, southeast of the capital," Correa stressed.
At the inauguration of the Civical Square of the Ministry of Education, during which homage was paid to late minister Guadalupe Larriva, Correa said his gathering was 15 times larger than municipality mayor Jaime Nebot"s.
He questioned local media, which only covered the 2,000-strong protest led by Nebot, whom he criticized for his exclusive, discriminatory speech.
The president warned that he is "leading a government of change, a revolution of the people, and there is resistance by elites and mafias, which are losing their power and trying to thwart this process by all means."

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