Ecuador is experiencing moments of crisis after a violent takeover of that country’s TC channel was recorded on Tuesday, January 9. Similarly, a few minutes later, the capture of the University of Guayaquil was reported.
These events occurred on the second day of a state of emergency declared by that country’s President Daniel Ngoboa. After riots broke out in some national prisons in the last few hours.
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Death toll from crisis in Ecuador rises to 10
Ecuadorian police confirmed that at least 10 people died due to violence by drug trafficking groups in Ecuador.
A local police chief told a press conference that “eight people were killed” and three were injured in Guayaquil (south-west) as a result of a series of attacks.
He rescued kidnapped police officers
Ecuadorian police confirmed the rescue of three uniformed officers kidnapped in Machala after being held hostage by criminals for several hours.
The authorities managed to arrest at least 10 people who were allegedly involved in this criminal action.
There are 10 arrested persons suspected of being involved in these terrorist acts.
News in development… pic.twitter.com/RcgFA3hwE8
– Ecuadorian Police (@PoliciaEcuador) 10 January 2024
America is concerned about violence in Ecuador
The United States State Department declared itself “extremely concerned” on Tuesday about drug-trafficking-related violence in Ecuador.
“Extremely concerned about the violence and kidnappings in Ecuador today,” Brian Nichols, head of US diplomacy for Latin America, wrote on social networks that the North American country indicated it was ready to provide assistance to help control the insecurity crisis.
The armed forces declare the groups mentioned by Noboa a military objective.
Jaime Vela, head of the Joint Command of the Ecuadorian Armed Forces, assured that each terrorist group that was named in the decree with which Noboa declared internal armed conflict became a military objective.
,From this moment, each terrorist group identified in the above order becomes a military objective. (…) We are not going to back down or negotiate. Well, justice and order cannot seek permission or bow its head before terrorists,” he said.
At least eight people dead after violence in Guayaquil
According to information received from the agency Europa Press, At least eight people died in the violent situations that occurred this Tuesday in the city of Guayaquil.
People have died in separate incidents in different parts of the city, the police force said in a press conference held with the city’s mayor, Aquiles Alvarez. Additionally, authorities managed to arrest 14 people suspected of taking part in the violent incidents.
The President of Ecuador leads the Security Council
Following the wave of violence that occurred this Tuesday, especially in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, where numerous crimes instilled fear among citizens, President Daniel Noboa convened a Security Council to evaluate the delicate situation.
Communications Secretary Roberto Izurieta reported that President Noboa signed a decree through which he has mobilized the armed forces to guarantee territorial sovereignty. In addition, through which he convened an extraordinary State Security Council that brings together representatives of the three powers. It is expected that statements will be given to the press at the end of the meeting.
new police report
Police confirmed that it was an act of “terrorism” and that 13 people, apparently from the Los Tiguerones group, were captured inside the TC television channel.
This was the moment Ecuadorian police caught the criminals inside a TC television set.
Prosecutor Yanina Villagomez made some brief statements to the local press. He assured that he will continue to gather information within the TC television channel, which was contacted by the criminals. Villagomez confirmed that authorities had captured 13 people inside the building. He did not provide further details as they would investigate first. A few minutes later, an ambulance entered the media facilities, but it has not yet been confirmed whether anyone was injured.
closure of shops and heavy traffic
There is severe traffic jam in many parts of the city. People complain about lack of public transport. Due to fears of more violent incidents, businesses have decided to close. Officials announced that the peak and plate had been suspended so that all citizens could move around. They question where the traffic officers are in Quito.
Quito Mayor Pablo Muñoz gave a report. He says transport services are running normally and hundreds of traffic agents are present to deal with the situation.
Shots recorded in Guayaquil
Apart from the 13 criminals of TC Channel, the authorities caught 5 more people. According to local journalists, there has been a report of firing while trying to escape. Officers had to stop criminals who were trying to escape in vehicles.
chaos and traffic jams
Heavy traffic has been reported on many roads in the country. Officials ask citizens to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.
Police tightened the reins on criminals
Ecuadorian police reported that they managed to capture some criminals who suddenly entered the television channel, which had been taken over. According to officials, they have arrested 13 people.
President orders internal armed conflict
President Daniel Ngoba Azin signed an executive decree declaring armed transnational crime groups as terrorist organizations declaring an “internal armed conflict”. The President talks about the Aguilas, the Aguilaskillers, the AK47, the Dark Knights, the Chonkillers, the Choneros, the Covicheros, the Cuartel de las Fees, the Cubanos, the Fatales, the Gansters, the Cater Pilar, the Lagartos, the Latin Kings, the Lobos, Los P.27, Los Tiburones, the Mafia talked to. 18, Mafia Trebol, Patterns, R7, Tiguerons.
“I have ordered the armed forces to launch a military operation to neutralize these groups,” Noboa said.
I have signed the Executive Decree declaring internal armed conflict and recognizing the following transnational organized crime groups as terrorist organizations and belligerent non-state actors: Águilas, ÁguilasKiller, Ak47, Caballeros Oscuros, ChoneKiller,… pic.twitter.com/rVfSTFmHlG
– Daniel Noboa Azin (@DanielNoboaOk) 9 January 2024
They report the capture of the University of Guayaquil
Several masked people entered the facilities of the University of Guayaquil. Students and teachers locked themselves in classrooms to prevent criminals from entering.
Acquisition of television channel has been registered
A group of hooded men broke into TC Channel’s facilities in Guayaquil. It was clear in the broadcast how hooded men intimidated the journalists and technicians present in the studio. Some versions suggest that many of them are still being held.
Face-to-face classes suspended in Ecuador
The Ministry of Education announced that in-person classes would be suspended across the country until January 12 after several incidents were recorded, causing chaos in the country.