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The raid of the Mexican embassy in Ecuador

Regarding the raid of the Mexican embassy in Quito, it is the first time in world history that security forces of a host government have raided the diplomatic facilities of another country.

The 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations between countries establishes, among other things, that embassies are inviolable and their diplomatic personnel cannot be prosecuted. The vast majority of countries in the world have signed that convention, including Ecuador and Mexico.

Ecuadorian police stormed the Mexican embassy Friday night to arrest Jorge Glas. He served as Ecuador's vice president between 2013 and 2017 during the government of leftist pro-bolivarian Rafael Correa, and has been criminally charged with corruption by the current right-wing government of Daniel Noboa.

In December 2023, Jorge Glas took refuge in the Mexican embassy in Quito after receiving political support from leftist Mexican President Lopez Obrador, who has criticized Noboa's current government for being "corrupt and neoliberal".

Just hours before the assault on the Mexican embassy in Quito, the Mexican Foreign Ministry had declared that Glas would be offered political asylum, asking Ecuador to grant him a "safe-conduct" to leave the country.

This led the Ecuadorian government to act in this way: "Ecuador is a sovereign nation and we will not allow any criminal to remain free," Ecuador's presidency wrote in a statement shortly before the raid.

Mexico and its allied governments in Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil quickly condemned the act as "a flagrant violation of international law". Mexico has also severed diplomatic relations with Ecuador and will take the matter to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.


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