Because of escalating crime in Ecuador, Ecuador’s president has proclaimed a state of emergency in three western provinces. A curfew will be imposed, and thousands of army and police personnel will be dispatched to Guayas, Manab, and Esmeraldas to “establish peace and order,” according to Guillermo Lasso.
Murders and gang-related criminality have increased dramatically in Ecuador.Mr Lasso has used emergency powers to quell violence for the second time since taking office last year.Mr Lasso tweeted, “The streets will feel the weight of the security troops.
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“Ecuador’s armed forces will send 4,000 police officers and 5,000 troops across the three provinces, he said.He also stated that the curfew would be imposed from 23:00 to 05:00 local time, but only in particular regions. He wrote, “Society will not be conquered.” “We will never give up our peace to criminal gangs.
“Ecuador’s crime problems, according to President Lasso, are due to drug trafficking.Local gangs are said to be used by major Mexican drug cartels, and the Andean country is used as a transit route for cocaine supplied from neighbouring Peru and Colombia.
Guayaquil, Ecuador’s port city in the Guayas province, has been ranked as the world’s 50th most violent city by Insight Crime. Ecuador’s homicide rate increased faster than any other Latin American or Caribbean countries in 2021, according to an investigative journalism website.
In February, several people were discovered decapitated in Guayaquil, and two men were discovered chained and dangling from a pedestrian bridge, a practise utilised by Mexican drug cartels. Ecuador has also had the deadliest prison riots in its history, frightening the public and exposing the power of gangs operating in the country’s jails.
In September, 119 detainees were killed in a Guayaquil prison. Less than two months later, at least 68 inmates were killed in new violence at the same facility.Following the October jail riots, President Lasso declared a 60-day state-wide state of emergency.
The Constitutional Court, on the other hand, condemned the crackdown, reducing the state of emergency to 30 days and ordering the military to solely support police operations.