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Ecuador armed forces to continue anti-crime operations with police

The operations were first allowed under a 90-day state of emergency declared in January

By Reuters
April 09, 2024
An Ecuadorean police squad enters the premises of Ecuadors TC television channel after unidentified gunmen burst into the state-owned television studio live on air on January 9, 2024, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a day after Ecuadorean President Daniel Noboa declared a state of emergency following the escape from prison of a dangerous narco boss. — AFP
An Ecuadorean police squad enters the premises of Ecuador's TC television channel after unidentified gunmen burst into the state-owned television studio live on air on January 9, 2024, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a day after Ecuadorean President Daniel Noboa declared a state of emergency following the escape from prison of a dangerous narco boss. — AFP

QUITO: Ecuador’s armed forces will continue carrying out joint anti-crime operations with the police under a presidential decree announced at midnight on Monday, the government said.

The operations were first allowed under a 90-day state of emergency declared in January by President Daniel Noboa and meant to stem a wave of crime and violence blamed on drug-trafficking gangs.

Military operations against organised crime, the joint operations with the police and increased security at prisons will continue under the decree, the government said in a statement posted on social media overnight.

“These decisions will allow the government of new Ecuador, with the support of the forces of order, to continue deploying priority actions to protect citizen security and well-being,” the statement said.

Noboa, 36, took power in November and has been touting his “Phoenix Plan” to combat crime and violence, which has included the murders of public officials and an explosion of unrest in January, when gunmen stormed a live television broadcast and scores of prison staff were taken hostage.