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Ecuador: soldiers enter Guayas prison after murder of prosecutor César Suárez

On Thursday morning, hundreds of police officers and soldiers entered a prison in the Guayaquil penitentiary complex. Uniformed personnel “carry out a new intervention in the #Guayas Deprivation of Freedom Center, controlling the external and internal perimeter of the penitentiary center”, stated the Armed Forces in their report on the social network X.

This is the same prison he escaped from almost two weeks ago. Adolfo Macías, aka “Fito”, the leader of one of the largest and most feared drug gangs and whose escape intensified violence in the country.

AFP reporters They searched tanks and heavily armed squads around the prison. In the outer corridors of the prison, trained soldiers and armored cars could be seen.

The military They entered with long weapons and covered faces, according to a video shared by the Armed Forces.

Risk investigations

The spectacular shot in the middle of the broadcast of a program on the TC channel, on January 9th, shocked the country and led the president Daniel Noboa declare an “internal armed conflict” and order a relentless fight against twenty gangs.

“In the face of the murder of our comrade Cesar Suarez (…) I will be emphatic: organized crime groups, “Criminals, terrorists will not impede our commitment to Ecuadorian society”, the attorney general said on Wednesday Diana Salazarin video broadcast by X.

Weeks before the violent attack, Salazar revealed the links between the gangs and the highest levels of power.

Metastasis research He accused judges, politicians, prosecutors, police officers, a former director of the penitentiary authority, among others, of benefiting criminal organizations in exchange for money, gold, prostitutes, apartments and luxuries.

“The country must be prepared (…) the response to this operation will be an escalation of violence”, Salazar then anticipated.

Mafia infiltration

Between January 9 and 17, police and military forces carried out more than 20,800 operations and detained 1,975 people, of which 158 are accused of “terrorism”, according to the Armed Forces.

Interventions on the streets and in prisons are also in the sights of human rights organizations that demand guarantees of the fundamental rights of prisoners.

Prosecutor Suárez led investigations that revealed the infiltration of mafias in the judicial system and corruption scandals in the purchase of medical supplies during the covid-19 pandemic.

After Suárez’s assassination, the Minister of Defense Gian Carlos Loffredo, expressed the national government’s “strong commitment to supporting the administration of justice.”

The attorney general also reported death threats against her from one of the leaders of the Los Lobos gang, who escaped from prison amid the excesses that occurred in prisons last week.

Source: Elcomercio

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