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Former Ecuador deputy president on 23 days of hunger strike

By Sinaí Céspedes Moreno

Quito, Nov 12. -The former Deputy President of Ecuador, Jorge Glas, is on the 23rd day of a hunger strike, extreme in the last few hours, by refusing not only to eat food but also to drink water.

The radicalization of the measure was taken after being transferred from the Latacunga Rehabilitation Centre to the Carlos Andrade Marin Hospital, where he had to be fed intravenously, after the decompensation of 19 days on strike.

Glas asks the national authorities to transfer him to Jail 4 in Quito, where he had remained for more than a year, after being linked to the corruption case of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

On Oct 21st, the former Deputy President was taken to Latacunga, after the flight from the country of former Communication Secretary Fernando Alvarado, who was facing an investigation for 11 legal indications, got rid of the electronic shackle he used and left the country.

According to the authorities, the determination was made “for security reasons”, but Glas' defense maintains that action is only political revenge.

“I am a political prisoner. For hatred without limits I have been transferred from prison for no reason, only for humiliating me, only for revenge. My life is in danger”, Glas said in a letter published in social media, where he stressed the hunger strike would be indefinite.

From the morning of 22nd, he stopped eating food and at the same time, the requests from his family, his lawyers, and former officials of Rafael Correa's government, social organizations and the people of the village began to allow multilateral entities to intercede.

The International Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as the Episcopal Conference of Ecuador and the executive, are some of the bodies asked to visit Glas to verify his condition, as well as the violations committed in his case.

However, the requests have been turned down and both foreign institutions and the national government have ignored humanitarian requests for the health of the former deputy head of state, who suffers from hypertension, gastritis and ankylosing spondylitis (considered a catastrophic disease).

In the administration's case, the authorities indicated that Glas is guaranteed the same conditions as other people in detention.

On the other hand, they pointed out that the damages resulting from the hunger strike are his responsibility and that of those who encourage him.

The process against him has taken on international dimensions due to all the irregularities raised by his legal representation and verified by jurists and parliamentarians from other States.

Many believe Glas has been the victim of political persecution and a war declared by the current executive against officials who held office during Correa's two terms (2007-2017), who is also facing trial for the alleged kidnapping of Fernando Balda in 2012 in Colombia, where he was a fugitive from Ecuadorian justice.

His struggle has become a battle flag for progressive groups and defenders of the so-called Decade of Winning, marked by social achievements, under the presidency of Correa, whom Glas accompanied for the last four years, attending to strategic sectors.

In Ecuador, social organizations, representatives of the parliamentary group of the Citizens' Revolution and of the people are holding demonstrations in support of both figures, considered as leaders.

The expressions of support have been extended to groups of Ecuadorians living abroad such as Italy, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom, who are claiming for his health, against the judicialisation of politics and for his freedom. (Taken from Prensa Latina)