Opposition lawmakers wearing gags hold up posters that read in Spanish '"Life is nothing if you lose freedom" Manuel Belgrano', as they protest a new Communications Act in Quito, Ecuador, on Friday, June 14, 2013.
Ecuador’s government made international news for two actions recently. The country's foreign minister met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy. Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning for alleged sexual assaults.
The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, had the media’s support when he was elected five years ago, promising a citizen’s revolution that would take advantage of the country’s natural resources to lift people out of poverty.