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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ecuador Declares State of Emergency Due to Drug Violence

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Ecuador has seen a surge in drug trafficking, use and gang violence including a prison riot that killed 116 in September, 2021.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency as the country grapples with a surge in drug-related violence, and ordered the police and military onto the streets.

“Starting immediately, our armed forces and police will be felt with force in the streets because we are decreeing a state of emergency throughout the national territory,” Lasso said in a speech on Monday broadcast by the state channel EcuadorTV.

“In the streets of Ecuador there is only one enemy: drug trafficking,” the right-wing leader declared, adding that “in recent years Ecuador has gone from being a drug trafficking country to one that also consumes drugs.”

In August of 2021, a record 10-ton shipment of cocaine and arms, as reported by Borderland Beat, was seized, resulting in a wave of related murders in Ecuador.

Earlier on Monday, Lasso named a new defense minister as the country reels from a substantial prisons crisis. In recent months, Ecuador has also been faced with deadly violence in its prisons, prompting Lasso to also declare an emergency in the prison system and deploy troops to secure jails and prevent riots.

In September, as reported by Borderland Beat, at least 116 inmates were killed and dozens more injured at the Penitenciaria del Litoral in Guayas province, in the deadliest outbreak of prison violence in the country’s history. So far in 2021, approximately 200 inmates have died in violence in Ecuador’s prisons, which have become a battleground for thousands of prisoners with ties to powerful Mexican drug cartels.

More than 100 also died in violence last year alone, including many who were beheaded.

Source Al Jazeera


  1. Ecuador will never top, the high homicides occurring yearly.
    Mexico again will remain high this year.

    1. Absolutely...but Ecuador also has about 1/10th the population of Mexico.

  2. Went there to Guayaquil and Quito some years ago. Flew to Cocoa in the Amazon, went up the Napo and went into the Amazon for a hike. Met camouflaged people with guns, whores and liquor. They wanted more liquor and realized that I had approached the Columbian border below Cali. Believe it was the FARCs and they were there for some reason . . . a while ago

    1. I took a bus from Santa Marta to Cartagena and went the back way same situation but I dont believe it was the farc.

    2. Oh yes I took a taxi, back and forth. Then I went horseback riding, and made it back in time for supper and I saw nothing too.

  3. That’s a very good article you’ve posted Socalj. It seems to tie well into the latest Los Fantasmas video threat where these armed criminal cells are vying for violence against each other.


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