President Guillermo Lasso spoke on the night of this Monday, October 18, on the latest criminal acts and announced measures that will be adopted immediately.
One of them is to declare a state of exception at the national level, for 60 days, to allow the Armed Forces to join the work of the National Police in the streets, throughout the national territory, especially in provinces such as Guayas, where it suffers a crime wave.
Decree 224, signed tonight by the president, includes the mobilization of the armed forces. AA. to other provinces such as Manabí, Santa Elena, El Oro, Los Ríos, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Pichincha and Sucumbíos.
“All social and political sectors must work with absolute unity,” said the president. “In the streets there is only one enemy: drug trafficking.”
Thus, Lasso clarified that other crimes arise from this problem, such as the large number of crimes that are related to drug trafficking.
“When drug trafficking grows, hit men, murders, robberies of homes and vehicles also increase. More than 70% of violent deaths in Guayas are related to drug trafficking,” Lasso insisted.
Legal support for the uniformed
The president also announced the creation of the Legal Defense Unit of the Public Force, with this the Government shows its support to the servants who could be sued for fulfilling their duty. “The law should intimidate the criminal, but not the police,” said Lasso, who asked the police and the military to act with courage.
The government will pardon all those who have been convicted of doing their job, the president anticipated. “Our judges must guarantee peace and order, not impunity and crime,” he remarked in his message for the judicial function.
The Executive will send a new bill dedicated to supporting law enforcement officers “to restore security to citizens.” And he spoke of other edges.
The president said that the lack of opportunities leads many to drug use. For this reason, an inter-institutional committee will be formed to prevent consumption and also to treat rehabilitation.
Finally, Lasso expressed his solidarity and condolences to the family of the minor who lost his life Sunday night amid the crossfire between criminals and a policeman in a restaurant in southern Guayaquil.
“Without security there is no development,” he concluded. (I)