Re-Legalizing the Casinos of Ecuador

Five years ago, El Supremo convinced the voters of Ecuador to close all 32 casinos nationwide.  Only 46 percent of those voting on the referendum issue supported the casino ban, yet that was a narrow plurality and enough to shutter the gambling parlors.  The last of the existing casinos closed in March of 2012.

Permanently closing existing casinos had never happened anywhere in the world since the casinos of Cuba suddenly closed in the late 1950’s.  It took Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution to make that happen.

Russia closed its casinos for awhile, then re-legalized casino gaming in specially-designated districts a few years ago.

Now a human-rights lobbyist in Ecuador has re-ignited the issue, calling for re-legalization of casinos in La República.

Francisco Zambrano Campuzano, the head of CEDHUS -- the Human Rights and Union Commission of Ecuador -- says over 200,000 Ecuadorians lost their employment due to the casino closures.  Not just casino employees, he says, but workers in many industries supported by the existence of casino operations.

“Gambling as a form of entertainment exists in every part of the world,” he says.  “In Rome and even in Jerusalem, there are gambling parlors."

Zambrano says that in light of the “unprecedented economic crisis" in Ecuador, the cash-strapped government should bring back the casinos.

CEDHUS says it will take the issue to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, if necessary.

Sources:  the Casino Review website and ...

  -- cccmedia in Quito

I would think that expanding eco-tourism would be a much brighter option.  The logic is certainly problematic, i.e. everybody else is jumping off of bridges; therefore so should we.  Why were the casinos closed?  Because they were closely correlated with human rights abuses, child malnutrition and poverty, substance abuse addictions, prostitution, theft, etc.  I hope someone exposes this guys likely connections to gambling big-whigs and the millions in bribes he is likely to make if he can push this through!

“Gambling as a form of entertainment exists in every part of the world,” he says.  “In Rome and even in Jerusalem, there are gambling parlors


He lied or was wrong on that one if he intended to imply it was legal everywhere.
It exists but can often get you into serious trouble.

Another issue is why human rights groups so often support things that destroy lives.
I stopped the odd flutter years ago when I realised it was daft, but so many get into serious trouble as they gamble away their family's food money.
Just a thought, but shouln't people who claim to be concerned about human rights care about the weak of mind who get into gambling debt?

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