January 9th – Ecuador is currently grappling with a surge in violence and instability. The situation escalated dramatically when armed men stormed a television station in Guayaquil, taking hostages and threatening staff on live television. This incident is part of a larger wave of chaos engulfing the country, triggered by the disappearance of a prominent gang leader, Adolfo “Fito” Macias, from prison, and subsequent uprisings in several correctional facilities.
The attack on the TV station, where gunmen demanded to broadcast a message warning against crossing mafias, ended with the arrest of 13 individuals and the safe release of hostages. This event has become a symbol of the deepening crisis in Ecuador.
Footage from the Storming of the TC Television Studio in the City of Guayaquil earlier by Special Tactical Teams of the Ecuadorian National Police, after Terrorists had Raided the Building during a Live Broadcast taking several Hostages and Threatening their Execution; following… pic.twitter.com/tYkKjfH00h
— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) January 9, 2024
Violence has spread throughout the country, with reports of numerous explosions, burning vehicles, looting, gunfire, random kidnappings and executions.
In response to these escalating threats, President Daniel Noboa declared an “internal armed conflict” and a 60-day state of emergency. The decree orders the security forces to “neutralize” several criminal groups, labeling them as “terrorist organizations.”
Over 3,000 police and military officers have been mobilized to combat the gang violence, which includes a nationwide overnight curfew. The military, now actively involved, has been tasked with patrolling the streets and taking control of the country’s prisons. The Ecuadorian Armed Forces are currently carrying out control operations in the most conflict-ridden areas.
— Megatron (@Megatron_ron) January 10, 2024
The situation is quickly developing. SOFX will continue reporting on any critical developments. For more coverage: