Ecuadoran President, Guillermo Lasso declares state of emergency in three provinces over drug trafficking.

Written by on May 1, 2022

Ecuadoran President, Guillermo Lasso, announced that he had decreed a state of emergency for two months in three provinces with the highest registered levels of violence due to drug trafficking.

Under the state of emergency, he had ordered the mobilization of 4,000 police and 5,000 military personnel to the provinces.

A curfew will also be enforced between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am for certain areas, such as the town of Duran, located near the port of Guayaquil.

It could be recalled that in February, two bodies were discovered suspended from a pedestrian bridge in Duran, a method similar to Mexican cartel crimes.

According to official figures, drug trafficking in Ecuador has led to an increase in crime, which has left 1,255 people dead since the start of the year.

Amen J Kantiyok

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