Thu. Nov 3rd, 2022


Ecuador’s President, Guillermo Lasso, has declared a state of emergency in two provinces after at least five police officers were killed, and prison guards were taken hostage in the latest wave of attacks in the deadly gang war consuming the country.

The state of emergency and nightly curfew in the coastal Provinces of Guayas and Esmeraldas will be in place for forty-five days and will allow the government to limit freedom of assembly and movement.

President Lasso also cancelled a planned trip to the United States and plans to lead a central command post in Guayaquil, adding that the police will intensify their operations.

Officials said organized crime groups launched at least thirteen attacks with explosives and firearms against police and oil installations in response to a transfer of inmates from Guayas one prison.

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