Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president, accused the opposition of his government of using a teenage student, who was detained by the presidential guard and sentenced to 20 hours of community service for making obscene gestures to the president.
“I grabbed the guy who made obscene gestures by his chest and I shed tears of anger. To what extent have they come? Everything is a lie. We have the videos. He’s lying. The great shame is that they are using minors to make political chicanery,” said the president through his Twitter account yesterday.
L.A.C. said in an interview on Ecuavisa that when the presidential motorcade passed by the historic center of Quito, he showed his thumbs down, whereupon he raised his left forearm under the right one, an act popularly known as “the middle finger,” thereupon he publicly apologized.
According to Correa, the statements of the teen are false, “and how they use him to lie and make political chicanery. They have already lost all scruples! How sad is what these stone throwers make to the hearts of these young people! This commits us further in our fight!” the president wrote on Twitter, while blamed the corrupt press for “victimizing the disrespectful teen.”
The Secretariat of Communications, through a press release said: “President Correa got out of the vehicle and claimed the young man by his attitude, he did it as a citizen, as a husband, and as President, he asked: “Why are you doing this, why are you disrespecting the President?.” Thereupon he got into the car and kept going. When the young man was arrested for investigation, as befits the security protocol, his mother showed aggressive. She even gave a slap in the face to one of the members of the presidential security and then assaulted and insulted a cameraman.”
A video which shows the altercation was also broadcast, with the aim of disseminating it “according to the Law of Communication, since the student is a minor.”