President Guillermo Lasso’s declaration gives authorities the power to restrict the freedom of movement and association

Ecuador’s president has decreed a state of emergency to confront drug trafficking and other crimes in Ecuador, saying the military and police will take to the streets to provide security, the Guardian reports.

In a national broadcast on Monday, President Guillermo Lasso said that “there is only one enemy: drug trafficking.”

He pointed out that Ecuador has gone from being a trafficking zone to one that also consumes drugs.

“This is not only reflected in the amount of drugs consumed in our country, but in the number of crimes that today have a direct or indirect relationship with the sale of narcotics,” he said.

Lasso said drug trafficking has brought an increase in homicides, burglaries of homes, thefts of vehicles and goods, and robberies of people.

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