Ecuador violates Geneva convention breaking into Mexican embassy– Mexico cuts ties with Ecuador

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Police break into the Mexican embassy in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, April 5, 2024.

David Bustillos/AP

QUITO, Ecuador — Mexico is breaking off diplomatic ties with Ecuador after police broke into the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest a former Ecuadorian vice president who has sought political asylum there after being indicted on corruption.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made the announcement Friday evening after Ecuadorian police forced their way into the Mexican embassy to arrest Jorge Glas who has been residing there since December, as a diplomatic rift between the two countries deepened.

This violation of Mexican sovereignty has sparked universal condemnation and repudiation in Latin American and around the world and, if allowed to remain unchallenged, will set a dangerous precedent.

Even Chile, where the legacy of Augusto Pinochet is still felt and where the Constitution he authored remains, repudiated the actions of President Noboa and his government.

Police broke into the external doors of the Mexican diplomatic headquarters in the Ecuadorian capital and entered the main patio to get Glas, arguably a potential candidate for president.

Roberto Canseco, head of the Mexican consular section in the capital, Quito, told local press while standing outside the embassy that

“This is not possible, it cannot be, this is crazy,”

and that

“I am very worried because they could kill him. There is no basis to do this, this is totally outside the norm.”

Defending its decision, Ecuador’s presidency said in a statement: “Ecuador is a sovereign nation, and we are not going to allow any criminal to stay free.”

López Obrador fired back, calling Glas’ detention an “authoritarian act” and “a flagrant violation of international law and the sovereignty of Mexico.”

Alicia Bárcena, Mexico’s secretary of foreign relations, posted on X, formerly Twitter, that a number of diplomats suffered injuries during the break-in, adding that it violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Bárcena said that Mexico would take the case to the International Court of Justice “to denounce Ecuador’s responsibility for violations of international law.” She also said Mexican diplomats were only waiting for the Ecuadorian government to offer the necessary guarantees for their return home.

Ecuador’s foreign ministry and Ecuador’s ministry of the interior did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Mexican embassy in Quito remained under heavy police guard late Friday.

A day earlier, tensions between the two countries escalated after Mexico’s president made statements that Ecuador considered “very unfortunate” about the last elections in which the leading Ecuadorian presidential candidate was assassinated, then the opposition blamed the second female candidate without any proof, which cost her popularity loss points– hence giving the victory to Daniel Noboa, the Miami Born, now president of Ecuador.

In reaction, the Ecuadorian government declared the Mexican ambassador persona non grata.

Daniel Noboa’s father, Álvaro Noboa, built a business empire on his Bonita Banana company and is recognized as Ecuador’s wealthiest individual. A deep search in the web archive found quite a checkered past between Bonita Banana and organized labor.

Former President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, referred to Noboa as “a Spoiled Rich Kid” adding that:

Daniel Noboa has confused Ecuador with his father’s banana plantation business

and that

we are not confronting Fascism, but Barbarism

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