Yesterday it was confirmed that the first Community Police Unit (UPC) will be installed in Sarayaku. This measure was taken by the Minister of the Domestic Affairs, José Serrano, after the authorities ensured the presence of ‘paramilitary groups’ and ‘armed groups.’
In this indigenous community, which spands 135 000 hectares from Pastaza, residents say there is no need for someone to watch their safety, for there are no crimes.
But this lack of law enforcement in Sarayaku worries the authorities and also the fact that Cléver Jimenez, Fernando and Carlos Figueroa Villaciencio, who were convicted of libel against President Rafael Correa, were refugees in that zone.
Serrano said in earlier days said they have photographs and evidence that prove the existence of the ‘paramilitary groups’ a year ago, but indigenous leaders said that guns are for hunting.
The announcement of this measure was made by the Commanding General of the Police, Rodrigo Suarez, minutes after he descended from one of the helicopters that came from Shell, and remained there for no more than 20 minutes.