Posted On 16 Mar 2017
Lilian Tintori, the wife of the imprisoned Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, urged Ecuadorians today to end the “dictatorship” of President Rafael Correa in the next elections, after arriving in the United States. She was expelled from the Andean country.
“Rafael Correa acts and gives orders like the ones given by President Nicolas Maduro, he supports the socialism of the 21st century, which for me is the dictatorship of the 21st century,” Tintori told reporters upon her arrival at the Miami International Airport.
Tintori, who could not pass the immigration control when arriving in Guayaquil by air and was boarded on a flight to Miami, said that Ecuadorians have “the opportunity to end the dictatorship” on April 2, date of the second electoral round between the government candidate Lenin Moreno and the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, whom she intended to support.
“I do not want that Ecuador becomes another Venezuela, I do not want that Ecuadorians live what the Venezuelan people are living,” said Tintori, who called on the people to “activate” and support an alternative for change.
“Fight, raise your voice, you have the opportunity to decide your future on April 2, to end with that bullying system,” she added.
With shouts of “Dictatorship no, democracy yes,” and “Out Communists,” the Ecuadorians who came to the Miami airport after learning about what had happened to Tintori in their country of origin, the Venezuelan opposition denounced that she was expelled “by the direct order of Correa.”
“The immigration lady told me that I was being expelled from the country, because it was an order from above, an order from Rafael Correa. They did not tell me that, I lived it,” said the activist.