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International News: Authorities in Ecuador detain almost 900 people as crackdown on gangs continue

Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2024. 10:59 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: A national security operation commenced on January 9,2024 in Ecuador following the escape of infamous drug cartel boss ‘Fito’ and the armed attack on a Television station Live.

According to CNN, almost 900 people have been arrested since.

The presidency says 94 of the 859 people detained are members of what they call “terrorist” groups.

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On Tuesday, Ecuador’s President declared the country to be in a state of “internal armed conflict,” ordering security forces to “neutralize” several criminal gangs accused of spreading extreme violence.

Noboa also designated 22 criminal gangs to be “terrorist” organizations in the presidential decree.

In addition, the Government announced on Thursday that foreigners who want to enter the country from Colombia or Peru will have to provide a criminal record certificate in a measure designed to “prevent and control the entry of individuals who constitute a threat or risk to public safety.”

 

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