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Jan. 22, 2024

Perspectives on Ecuador: The Sky Isn’t Falling

By R. Evan Ellis

The takeover of Ecuadorian TV station TC in the middle of a widely watched news broadcast, Ecuadoran President Daniel Noboa’s declaration of a state of internal armed conflict, and his deployment of the military as part of the response dominated international news and captured the attention of Washington policymakers last week.  Ecuador’s homicide rate has increased eightfold over the past eight years, including almost doubling last year to over 8,000 murders, giving the country a murder rate of 46.5 per 100,000, one of the highest in the region. The number of murders in prisons has similarly almost doubled to over 400 last year. 

Perspectives on Ecuador: The Sky Isn't Falling - Global Americans (theglobalamericans.org) 

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