Ecuador Struggles with Escalating Gang Violence and Organized Crime Following Prison Break and Prosecutor’s Murder



Ecuador is facing escalating gang violence following the escape of a notorious gang leader known as “Feto” from a major prison near Guayaquil. The murder of a government prosecutor, Cesar Suarez, who was investigating gang activities, has highlighted the increasing threats to justice officials. President Guillermo Lasso has declared a 60-day state of emergency in response to the growing influence of cocaine trafficking gangs, which are responsible for a series of kidnappings and killings. The situation has raised concerns among Ecuadorians about the potential for the country to spiral out of control, with government and law enforcement efforts under intense pressure to manage and contain the rampant crime and violence.

  • Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of prosecutor Cesar Suarez, who was investigating drug cartel activities.
  • Prosecutor Suarez was involved in probing the recent storming of a TV station by narcotics traffickers and was shot dead.
  • The death of the prosecutor has prompted calls for increased security for justice officials in Ecuador.
  • President Guillermo Lasso has declared a 60-day state of emergency to combat the escalating gang violence.
  • The violence has intensified since the escape of gang boss “Feto” from a prison in Guayaquil.
  • Ecuadorian prisons are described as overcrowded and under-resourced, serving as breeding grounds for organized crime.
  • The involvement of Mexican cartels, such as Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación and Sinaloa, has exacerbated violence in the region.
  • Institutional weakening over the years has been identified as a factor contributing to the current situation.
  • Experts argue that while crackdowns are a necessary response, long-term solutions require profound institutional strengthening.
  • The Ecuadorian public is facing increased violence, with criminal groups systematically targeting state institutions.
  • There are discussions about the impact of international cocaine demand, particularly from the US and Europe, on the drug trade in Latin America.

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