Shalom Life | April 21, 2015

President of Ecuador Trolls Critics, Salutes Hitler on Twitter

The latest in a long list of questionable decisions made by Rafael Correa

By: Daniel Koren

Published: April 13th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: Rafael Correa


On Thursday, a Twitter user called current Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa a "fascist," citing an alleged statement made by former President Osvaldo Hurtado.

In response, and essentially reaffirming his argument, Correa responded with the following tweet:


I wonder if he knows Twitter is open for the whole world to see.

According to the Hill, Correa, who's presided over the country since 20007, has actually "earned a reputation for trolling foes on Twitter with insults and mockery.”

Ahh... So it's sarcasm he was going for.

The populist, extremist left-wing-abiding Correa has oft been criticized for his authoritarian leadership over Ecuador, with the Human Rights Watch condemning his passing of bills into law that undercut "press freedom," and for using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators.

He's also been known for making controversial statements and decisions regarding Israel and the Jewish people.

In 2012, he compared the 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish center bombing which saw 85 people dead at the hands of Hezbollah to "NATO bombings of Libya."

Last year, during the 50-day war between Hamas and the IDF, the Anti-Defamation League harshly criticized the Correa government, saying they "failed to speak out against Hamas’s goal of eliminating the State of Israel, to condemn its indiscriminate acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians and the horrific suffering Hamas causes to its own people by its tactics of drawing fire to densely populated areas.”

Currently, Ecuador's Jewish community boasts a population of roughly 1,000 people.

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