Ecuador on Edge: A State of Exception Amid Escalating Political Violence and Instability

Youngest Mayor of Ecuador and Collaborator Killed in Shooting

Ecuador is currently under a state of exception as the country grapples with escalating political violence. This is evidenced by the tragic murder of Brigitte García, the youngest mayor of Ecuador at just 27 years old, along with one of her collaborators on a Sunday. The authorities have not yet determined the motive or identified the perpetrators of this crime.

García was a member of the Citizen Revolution movement led by former president Rafael Correa and took office in May. Correa expressed his shock and sadness over García’s death on social media. The police commander of Manabí confirmed that the mayor had not requested police protection and did not have a security detail, which raises questions about the level of protection provided to public officials in Ecuador.

The government of Ecuador condemned the murder and pledged to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice. However, this tragic event is not an isolated incident, as Ecuador has seen multiple assassinations of political figures in recent years. In addition to García’s murder, another mayor and presidential candidate were killed in recent years, highlighting the growing violence and instability in the country.

President Daniel Noboa declared a state of emergency following a series of violent events, including the escape of a drug trafficking boss from prison. The government is working with law enforcement agencies to ensure a swift investigation and bring those responsible to justice. The Association of Municipalities of Ecuador reported that at least 35 mayors have been threatened, underscoring the urgent need for increased protection measures for public officials in order to prevent further incidents like this from occurring in future.

Overall, it is clear that political violence continues to be a major issue in Ecuador despite efforts by both government officials and law enforcement agencies to address it head-on.

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