Brazil's Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo said on Sunday that South America "is mobilized in defense of democracy in Ecuador" and that, in the face of a "continental threat, the response must be continental."
As Araújo considered in a message posted on his Twitter account, "leftist forces, supported by the criminal network of the Sao Paulo Forum", try to "overthrow the legitimate president Lenin Moreno" with actions of "violence and vandalism".
"The threat is continental, the answer must be continental," the chancellor completed in his post.
The minister also replied in his social networks the joint communiqués signed by Mercosur, a block formed by Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the Forum for the Progress of South America (Prosur), an organism composed of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay and Peru.
In a joint note, the Mercosur countries lamented "the acts of violence recorded in the last hours in the sister republic of Ecuador" and welcomed "the will of the Ecuadorian Government and the representative sectors of society" to "engage in dialogue with a view to normalize order in the country. "
"The Mercosur countries reiterate their support for the democratically constituted Government of Ecuador, President Lenín Moreno and yearn for the early restoration of peace in the country," added the note, published by the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.
Along the same lines, the Forum for Progress in South America reiterated its support for Moreno and called for a peaceful solution to the social and political crisis that the Andean country has been experiencing for more than a week.
The clashes between protesters and law enforcement have left at least 7 dead, 1,152 people detained and 1,340 wounded since last October 3, according to the Ombudsman's Office of that country.
Ecuadorians began to occupy the streets ten days ago, in protest against the economic austerity measures adopted by the Government, especially the elimination of fuel subsidies, as part of the conditions set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other institutions for a loan of 10,000 million dollars.
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