“La Bahia de la droga,” a label that for years deprived streets 10 de Agosto and Callejon 10 from their urban identity, yesterday became a political platform where the ruling party launched two clear messages against two obvious receptors: micro traffickers and the opposition in Guayaquil.
President Rafael Correa led the high-level commission, which, in a neighborhood besieged by security forces, made its way through a place where three weeks ago only “the smoke of the drug could be breathed,” as described by Governor of Guayas Julio Cesar Quinonez, who from January 8, retook -with the help of the Police- the control of the area.
The fight against drugs is now in the pitch of the president. Since the former Consep recently became a Technical Secretariat against Drugs, under the direct management of Carondelet, Correa is directly responsible. Not before, he recalls. And he insists this was a subject in charge of the Prosecution, until the law changed. “The revolutionary majority” in the National Assembly serves for that, Correa ensures.
* La Bahia (The Bay) is the most important commercial area of Guayaquil, hence the reference to “La Bahia de la droga” as the nerve center of micro-trafficking.