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World Ecuador decrees the state of exception after a wave of violence

10:55  19 october  2021
10:55  19 october  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Ecuador 's President Guillermo Lasso announced a 60-day state of emergency on Monday amidst a rise in violent drug crime. "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," the The announcement came on the eve of a visit by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The two will discuss questions of security, defense and trade. The center-right president has been in power since May of this year. What does the state of emergency entail? With the new powers, the government will

Ecuador ’s President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency as the country grapples with a surge in drug-related violence , and ordered the police and military onto the streets. “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 said in a speech on Monday In recent months, Ecuador has also been faced with deadly violence in its prisons, prompting Lasso to also declare an emergency in the prison system and deploy troops to secure jails and prevent riots.

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L e Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso announced Monday having decreed the state of exception for the whole country Due to a wave of violence due to drug trafficking, ordering the mobilization in the streets of police and military. "Now, our armed forces and our police will be massively mobilized in the streets because we decree a state of exception throughout the national territory," launched the head of state in a speech broadcast by the public chain ECUADORTV. "In the streets of Ecuador , there is only one enemy: drug trafficking", and "in recent years, the equator has passed from countries of drug trafficking to countries that also consumes from The drug, "said Guillermo Lasso, who took office last May.

Ecuador: The police forces in the street to counter violence of Narcotrafic

 Ecuador: The police forces in the street to counter violence of Narcotrafic © AFP / Archives Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso announced Monday the state of exception for the whole country due to A wave of violence due to drug trafficking, ordering the mobilization in the streets of police and military. "Now, our armed forces and our police will be massively mobilized in the streets because we decree a state of exception throughout the national territory," launched the head of state in a speech broadcast by the public chain EcuadortV.

QUITO, Ecuador — President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency to confront drug trafficking and other crimes in Ecuador , saying the military and police would take to the streets to provide security. The state of emergency gives the authorities the power to restrict freedom of movement, assembly and association. Mr. Lasso said drug trafficking had fueled an increase in homicides, burglaries, thefts of vehicles and goods, and robberies of people. This year, there have been violent revolts in the country’s prisons because of drug violence , especially in Guayaquil.

Ecuador declared on Wednesday a state of exception for the prison system, in crisis due to overpopulation and violence between drug trafficking gangs, after a riot that left more than 100 prisoners dead and 52 injured.Tuesday's revolt in one of the prisons of the port of Guayaquil (southwest) became the “I have just decreed a State of Exception in the entire prison system at the national level,” the president said on Twitter. Guillermo Lasso, adding that he will head a security committee in Guayaquil to control the “emergency, guaranteeing the human rights of all those involved.”

The right leader had decided earlier this Monday to change the Minister of Defense, in a context of prison crisis, by appointing a retired general, Luis Hernandez. Between January and August 2021, 1,427 volunteer homicides were recorded in the country, or 55 murders more than those reported throughout the year 2020, according to the figures of the

Ministry of the Interior . of the clashes of rare violence

at the end of September,

a prison in southwestern Ecuador was the theater of the massacre of 119 detainees , some of which had been dismembered or burned, in violent clashes between linked rival gangs. Narcotes and Mexican and Colombian cartels, one of the worst penitentiary killings in Latin American history.

According to official figures, at least 238 prisoners have found death since early 2021 in Ecuadorian prisons, overcrowded and subjected to recurring violence for years.

Indigenous Ecuadorans block roads to protest fuel prices .
Indigenous Ecuadorans blocked roads with rocks and burning tires Tuesday to protest soaring fuel prices as the country grapples with a state of emergency and battles challenges on multiple fronts. The government had warned it would move to "prevent the closure of roads" to passengers and goods, and police and soldiers were deployed countrywide to monitor protesters. In at least one location, police launched gas canisters in a standoff with demonstrators, and the office of rightist President Guillermo Lasso said 18 arrests had been made by afternoon.

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