Alexis Mera, Legal Secretary of the Presidency, announced on Thursday that because of the incidents of September 30th, there will be a very profound restructuration of the Military and Police Intelligence Units that serve the Government. Mera did not especify if there will be staff turnover or changes in the Heads of each unit.
Miguel Carvajal, Minister of Internal and External Security, affirmed these were “complicated procedures”. He added: “The National Secretary of Intelligence is making a national plan. It works with Intelligence groups from both the Police and the Military, plus a small analysis group. These units should be improved, since they respond to public politics. (…) We don’t know if these units will go out.”
There are nearly 42,000 cops in Ecuador, and after the events of September 30th, several officers have been assigned Administrative tasks, and the vast majority of them are being investigated. However, Carvajal also told the Press that the situation is going back to “normalcy”.
During a working breakfast with the International Press yesterday, President Rafael Correa recognized there were flaws on the Police Intelligence because the messages inside the Police conspiring to protest and attack Correa were not detected before. Correa also added there would be a meeting of Ministers and Government employees on Friday to extend or not the State of Exception in Ecuador.
The Military has currently taken over the Legislative Escort.