Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency and ordered the armed forces to join law enforcement operations on the streets as the country struggles to combat escalating drug-related violence.
“Starting immediately, our armed forces and police will be felt with force in the streets because we are decreeing a state of emergency throughout the national territory,”Lasso spoke in a Monday televised address.
According to the right-wing leader, drug trafficking was the biggest enemy in the streets. “in recent years Ecuador has gone from being a drug trafficking country to one that also consumes drugs.”He said, “He added…” “when drug trafficking grows so do assassinations and homicides, robberies of homes, vehicles, goods and people.”
During the 60-day state of emergency, the military will join drug- and arms-confiscation operations in nine of the country’s 24 provinces. The police will increase their patrols in the rest of the country, but the military won’t be involved, Lasso said.
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“This government will pardon all those who have been unjustly convicted for doing their job,”Lasso said, and added that judges would also be asked. “guarantee peace and order, not impunity and crime.”
Guayas was the only province where the President stated that over 70% of deaths there were caused by the disease. “in some way”Trafficking in drugs. In September, the Penitenciaria del Litoral in Guayas experienced the deadliest outbreak of prison violence in the country’s history, with at least 119 inmates killed and dozens more injured.
Ecuador’s prisons have become a battleground for powerful Mexican cartels, with some 200 people dying in the spates of violence this year.
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