A session that had been convened in the Metropolitan Council of Quito on the occasion of the First Cry of Independence of Ecuador ended in a real scandal when one of the legislators threw water and a glass in the face of the mayor of the city.
The event occurred this Tuesday when the mayor of the Ecuadorian capital Jorge Yunda attended the Council to give the traditional speech for the commemorative day.
In that scenario, Yunda was attacked by the councilor Fernando Morales placeholder image, who suddenly got up from his seat at a time when the mayor said: “This August 10, may it be the reason to remember how they offered their lives, so that we can have freedom …”.
When throwing the water on him, the councilor rebuked Yunda saying: “scoundrel! Have decency. Quito does not deserve what you are doing. Rascal family. You must resign ”.
It was at that moment that the police guarding the place intervened and several councilors expressed their disagreement with Morales’ attitude, who left the premises shouting and asking the communal chief to leave office.
Yunda was able to resume the act and said: “When reason and common sense run out, attacks come even of a physical nature. I would like to see Mr. (Morales) if he can do it personally with me, but he does it a betrayalHe does it precisely from behind ”.
Far from apologizing, Councilor Morales posted a video on his Twitter account in which he justified his attack. “Throwing water on Dr. Yunda It’s the least I could have done based on so much disrespect for the people of Quito. A family environment making and undoing contracts at will, “emphasized the mayor.
“What we have done today is what every honorable Quito citizen would have done; throw water to purify the Metropolitan Council, to purify so much action that has been destroying our city. “
The voice of the mayor
“Do you want my position? Go to the elections,” declared Mayor Jorge Yunda after the aggression he received from councilman Fernando Morales during the commemorative session for the First Cry of Independence.
After getting drenched, Yunda rejected the “coward act of those who seek prominence. “” Do you want to remove me from this position? Collect signatures. The village put me here and the people take me out of here, but not with legumes, personal ambitions and dark interests of those who did not win the elections, “he said.
Yunda asserted that the aggression suffered is an example of using violence as an attack because “they no longer have answers or reasons.” From his perspective, “thinking differently is normal, but when ideas run out, physical attacks come.”
Through his Twitter account, the mayor said: “This is the kind of councilor who wants to take over the Municipality, nor have the ability to debate but if to launch blows. “” The public cannot allow this type of person to represent them, “he added.
“Today’s aggression is part of the attack on Quito. They are the ones who are willing to everything to get to power. I am here to work for and with people. Let’s not stop. Let’s continue there is a lot to do, “added Yunda.
“It is unfortunate, the desperation that some have for the position that I win at the polls is evident. I reject and condemn all kinds of violent acts,” said the mayor who warned that the councilman will have to take charge of his violent reactions.
Chronology of the conflict
Beyond the outburst of councilor Molares, the dispute between the Quito Mayor’s Office between two authorities has resulted in a conflict that, after the attack on Yunda, led to protests of support and another of rejection of the mayor’s management.
The conflict has two protagonists, on the one hand, Santiago Guarderas who claims to be the mayor by the decision of the Metropolitan Council and the Electoral Justice; while Yunda relies on a decision of the Provincial Court that annulled his removal.
Yunda took over May 14, 2019, by winning the local elections with only 23.1% of the votes.
In March 2020, a health emergency was declared due to the coronavirus and the need arose to buy PCR tests to detect the virus in citizens.
Then came a complaint for alleged irregularities in the purchase of evidence that led to the resignation of the Secretary of Health, currently a fugitive, and a series of raids that on February 16, 2021 ended with a criminal complaint against Yunda for alleged irregularities in the acquisition of the PCR tests that were used in the capital.
Protest in Quito against the mayor.
Since then, Yunda has to wear an electronic ankle brace, has to appear periodically before the judge and the Flagrancy Unit and is prohibited from leaving the country.
The court decision prompted one of the councilors to ask the mayor to request a leave of absence without pay until the investigation is resolved. But Yunda refused.
In June of this year, the Metropolitan Council moved forward with the removal of the mayor and the case went on to be disputed in court, without resolving the situation between Yunda and Santiago Guarderas.
The Ecuadorian President, Guillermo Lasso, criticized this Tuesday the anomalous situation for two months in which two mayors are fighting for the position in Quito, to the detriment of the citizens and already with some outbreaks of protest.
This Tuesday there were demonstrations for and against the mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, in the historic center of the Ecuadorian capital, while awaiting a definition of justice, which according to analysts fell into a legal vacuum to resolve the dispute.