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Ecuador’s Violent Escalation: Triple Massacres Prompt Declaration of Armed Conflict, As Extortion and Kidnapping Cases Rise

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
What is occurring in Ecuador? 
Is there a surge in violence?

In recent weeks, Ecuador has experienced a spike in violence that prompted President Daniel Noboa to declare an internal armed conflict on January 9. The announcement was made in response to three massacres carried out by hitmen that resulted in the deaths of 17 people and injuries to dozens more. The Attorney General’s Office of Ecuador issued a statement warning of attempts by criminal organizations to destabilize the country and obstruct ongoing investigations.

As a result of this state of emergency, which was originally imposed for 60 days in January, it has been extended for an additional 30 days on March 8. It remains unclear whether it will be extended further on April 8. The emergency measures militarized the streets of violent cities in Ecuador to combat gangs, which were designated as terrorists. Despite these efforts, criminal activity continues to persist, leading to a new wave of violence over the weekend.

Between January and March 2024, the Ministry of the Interior and the National Police reported an increase in extortions and kidnappings, especially in Guayaquil where the number of cases quintupled. This escalation of violence culminated in three massacres over the weekend: an attack on tourists in Manabi province and two separate incidents in Guayaquil that left at least nine people dead and three injured.

The first massacre involved six adults being kidnapped and killed with one survivor rescued by police. It is believed that the attackers targeted rival gang members but mistakenly attacked tourists instead. The second attack resulted in nine deaths while the third incident left at least three dead and three injured.

Authorities have made arrests related to these crimes and have seized weapons from suspects linked to criminal organizations. The Attorney General’s Office is actively investigating these incidents while warning citizens about attempts by criminal groups to disrupt stability within Ecuador. Despite government efforts to combat crime, challenges remain when addressing structural issues related to security and corruption within Ecuador.

By Samantha Nguyen

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