Latin American Governments Rally Around Mexico After Embassy Raid in Ecuador


Latin American governments, including regional heavyweight Brazil, rallied around Mexico on April 6 after its embassy in Ecuador was raided to arrest a controversial politician who had been granted asylum by Mexican authorities.

The late April 5 seizure of Jorge Glas, Ecuador's former vice president who was detained on graft charges, triggered a suspension of relations with Quito by Mexico City, with the government of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blasting the unusual diplomatic incursion and arrest as an "authoritarian" act as well as a breach of international law and Mexico's sovereignty.

The government of Ecuador's President Daniel Noboa had argued asylum protections were illegal because of the corruption charges Glas is facing. Still, under international law, embassies are considered the sovereign territory of the country they represent.

On April 6, governments across the political spectrum in Latin America—including Brazil and Colombia on the left, and Argentina and Uruguay on the right—sharply criticized the arrest of Glas, who had sought refuge in the embassy since December.

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