Weekly Report - 05 May 2022 (WR-22-18)

ECUADOR: Pacifying the coast

On the campaign trail ahead of last year’s election, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso regularly touted the progressive approach to law and order that he intended to implement if elected. A year later, a serious surge in violent crime is prompting him to reach for tougher, militarised solutions. In the latest sign of this change of tack, on 29 April Lasso declared a 60-day state of exception in the coastal provinces of Guayas, Manabí, and Esmeraldas, which will see the deployment of 5,000 troops and the imposition of a nighttime curfew in some neighbourhoods.

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