The Franco-Brazilian scholar and journalist Manuela Picq attended this afternoon, January 22, 2018, at the Foreign Ministry. There she received her passport with the temporary Mercosur visa of two years.
The delivery was made by Ambassador Jorge Icaza, Undersecretary of Migratory and Consular Services. Chancellor María Fernanda Espinosa is in Chile, at a summit of the Community of Latin American States and the Caribbean (Celac).
Picq returned to Ecuador on January 15, two and a half years after her visa was revoked. In August 2015 he had to leave the country, since the regime of that time withdrew his visa for having participated in the protests against former President Rafael Correa.
The academic worked at the San Francisco University in Quito and had to leave everything to return to Brazil. This also meant abandoning her husband, the indigenous leader Yaku Pérez Guartambel, with whom she married in an ancestral ceremony in 2013.
Although she asked for the visa again and another family protection visa, her marriage was not recognized and until today the visa Mercosur had not been granted either.
Picq, however, will return tonight to the United States, where she currently resides. This is because she has a contract until May with Amherst College, in Massachusetts. After that he will return to Ecuador to rebuild her life and continue fighting for the registration of his marriage with Pérez. The academic said that even President Lenin Moreno offered her husband, twice, to solve the problem. (I)