There is no reason why Ecuadorian communist dictator Rafael Correa, who has systematically installed a dictatorial communist regime in Ecuador and aligns himself with other communist dictators such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, should be invited to or welcomed in Union City, NJ. As a city with a large population of victims who suffered under communism, inviting Correa to visit and speak at this city is an insult and a travesty.
Luckily, the city’s mayor has stepped up and rescinded the invitation:
New Jersey Town Dis-Invites Ecuador’s President after Residents Object to his Politics
A New Jersey town is canceling a visit by Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa scheduled for Friday because of his alliances with leftist world leaders, its mayor says.
“It is evident that President Correa has associated with Fidel and Raul Castro of Cuba and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela,” said Union City Mayor Brian Stack in a statement. “Even associating with such regimes sends a terrible message to the world and condones the many evils that have been imposed on the residents of those nations.”
“For these reasons, I refuse to welcome President Correa to Union City.”
The announcement by Stack comes a day after he met with Cuban exile leaders who were outraged after learning that Correa – who is in the New York/New Jersey region because of the United Nations General Assembly — was going to be featured at an Ecuadorian event at Union City High School on Friday.
The Cuban exiles pressed for Correa to be dis-invited because of what they denounced as his oppressive government in Ecuador and his support for the Communist regime in Cuba as well as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
“The mayor said he was going to cancel the event,” said Sergio Gatria, an exile leader who was at the meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the Former Cuban Political Prisoners organization. “He said he had no idea that this was planned at the high school, and that as long as he’s mayor, no dictator, or sympathizer of dictators and terrorists, would be welcome to Union City.”
“Correa supports dictators, is an oppressive leader and hobnobs with [Iranian President] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This man is a sworn enemy of the United States. It is an affront to this community to roll out the red carpet for someone like that.”
Efforts to reach Ecuadorian consulate officials in New Jersey and New York were unsuccessful.
Shortly after the Cuban communist revolution, Cuban refugees flocked to Union City and Miami. In Union City, as in Miami, Cuban exiles helped revive the local economy, going from holding odd jobs to eventually establishing businesses and turning Bergenline Avenue, a five-mile commercial thoroughfare that runs through Hudson County, into a major shopping hub.
They also made anti-Castro politics and Cuba part of the local political dialogue — Cuba became as much of a topic in the campaigns of candidates seeking election as taxes and the quality of the schools.