First the press said the Mexican students were a FARC support group. And that Morett Álvarez was a guerrilla and a drug trafficker, taking a course on explosives no less, according to Colombian and Mexican intelligence. (Presumably a very quick one, since Morett Álvarez arrived only hours before the bombing commenced.) Then, the same excellent intelligence reported that a Cuban spy had acted as liaison between the FARC and the students and was seen prowling around the military hospital in Quito where Morett Álvarez and two Colombian survivors of the attack were recovering from their wounds. Meanwhile, upstairs in their hospital room, two FBI agents were threatening the Colombians with extradition if they did not lead the agents to the FARC mothership. The Mexican consul came to cast a quick look at Morett Álvarez, and left as quickly as possible without saying goodbye. Meanwhile, Felipe Calderón has nothing to say.
Well, Machetera guesses she’d ask for political asylum too.
Georgina Saldierna – La Jornada
March 30, 2008
Lucía Morett, the Mexican survivor of the bombing attack by Colombian troops against a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) camp, asked the Ecuadoran government for political asylum, according to her aunt, María Álvarez Moctezuma.
After participating in a demonstration called by students and families of the four Mexicans killed in the attack, in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), she said that her niece’s application surprised the officials of the unit who met for the first time with the heads of the families night before last.
María Álvarez explained that Lucía Morett asked for refuge because her family believes she requires special support as an important witness to the massacre, but as of yesterday afternoon it was unknown whether the government of Rafael Correa had approved her petition or not.
Jorge Morett, Lucía’s father, who is in Quito, today rejected any compensation to the victims before a trial is held.
“None of the parents are seeking compensation. If after the guilty have been prosecuted, as a part of the process some compensation is offered to the victims, I think that’s all right,” he said.
For his part, Álvaro González, father of one of the students killed in the attack, clarified that the families were not demanding money. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he indicated that it was the Ministry which requested compensation from the Colombian government.
During the demonstration, held in front of the Ministry, he reiterated the demand that the Mexican government condemn its Colombian counterparts for the death of the four Mexicans and criticized the criminalization of the young people who were accused of being guerrillas or criminals.
The demonstrators were gathered on Juárez Avenue, where various speakers spoke against President Álvaro Uribe’s administration.
For his part, the father of Juan González said that until yesterday afternoon he had not received any kind of communication from the Ministry in terms of a response to the lawsuits filed by the families affected by the military action. They include a condemnation of Colombia.
The lawsuits were delivered to the undersecretary for Latin America, Gerónimo Gutiérrez, in a meeting held last Thursday.
During the demonstration, a group of family members and leaders of human rights organizations delivered a letter to a senior officer of the SRE, in which the repatriation of Lucía Morett without any charges whatsoever was demanded, as a witness to the massacre and with guarantees for her physical, psychological and legal security.
In the letter, it was pointed out that the silence maintained by President Felipe Calderón and the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry was incomprehensible in light of the fact that the Ecuadoran government and people had come forward to protect Morett’s integrity and rights.