The Takeaway

Attempted Coup in Ecuador Ends in Violent Rescue of President

Friday, October 01, 2010

The day before yesterday, life was normal in Ecuador. But by this morning, the country had plunged into chaos.

Ecuador is under a state of siege this morning after an attempted coup against President Rafael Correa failed on Thursday. The nation's police force trapped Correa in a hospital, where he was being treated after they shot him with water pellets and tear gas, as well as shut down highways and the international airport in the capital city of Quito. The police were revolting over new austerity measures that slashed benefits for public servants.



Indictments Issued for Murder of Ecuadorian Immigrant

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Rommel and Diego Sucuzhanay at the Brooklyn District Attorney

Rommel and Diego Sucuzhanay at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Press Conference

Two Bronx residents have been indicted in the murder of José Sucuzhanay, an Ecuadorian immigrant who was beaten to death on a cold night last December, as he walked arm-in-arm with his brother, Rommel. Witnesses reported that the defendants, Hakim Scott and Keith Phoenix, yelled racial and homophobic slurs while attacking the brothers. Phoenix and Scott are being charged with murder in the second degree as a hate crime, manslaughter, assault and attempted assault.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes says if the two men are convicted of all counts, his office will seek the maximum sentence--78 years to life in prison.

HYNES: “The case is a clear message that society simply cannot permit cretins to target anyone because of sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion or gender.”