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Ecuador reports over 30 violent deaths in 24 hours

Quito, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Violence continues in Ecuador, where 31 violent deaths were reported in just 24 hours despite the state of emergency issued in three provinces, according to local press.

Territories where exceptional measures are in force are among those which reported on Monday the highest homicide toll: Guayas (12), Esmeraldas (3) and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas (2).

The National Directorate of Investigation of Crimes against Life, Violent Deaths, Disappearances, Kidnapping and Extortion (DINASED) also reported crimes with violent deaths in Los Rios (8), El Oro (3), Pichincha (1), and Tungurahua (1).

The homicide wave led to November ending with highest homicide rating of the year, reporting over 500 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

These figures contradict President Guillermo Lasso´s claims, who said to have “defeated” organized crime.

Data indicated insecurity and violence continue in Ecuador despite Armed Force and Police raids on the streets and penitentiaries.

Ecuador´s insecurity escalation is due to the war of national and international cartels for controlling drug trafficking; however, some experts warned about inefficient state response to this issue.


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