A man extending his arm through the metal grates and makes a claim: “We are not criminals.” Those around him prefer to stay silent while the police take his information and register his entry into the Criminal Unit, in northern Quito. The group of antiriot agents, who guard him, hear the claims impassively.
All those detained there are Cubans. They entered into the court unit in the early hours of July 6, after the police agents carried out an operation of immigration control at El Arbolito Park, in the north of the city. There, a week ago, nearly 300 migrants were camping.