June 21, 2024

Ecuador’s Youngest Mayor Murdered: Unpacking the Urgent Need for Protection Measures in the Face of Political Violence

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Youngest Mayor of Ecuador and Collaborator Killed in Shooting

Tragically, 27-year-old Brigitte García, the youngest mayor of Ecuador, was murdered along with one of her collaborators on a Sunday. This incident is just one part of a growing wave of political violence in Ecuador, which is currently under a state of exception declared by the government. The mayor of San Vicente and her communications assistant were found dead in a vehicle, both with gunshot wounds, according to the local police report.

García, a member of the Citizen Revolution movement led by former president Rafael Correa, took office in May. Correa expressed his shock and sadness over García’s death on social media. The authorities have not yet determined the motive or identified the perpetrators of the crime. The police commander of Manabí confirmed that the mayor had not requested police protection and did not have a security detail.

The government of Ecuador condemned the murder and pledged to do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Association of Municipalities of Ecuador reported that at least 35 mayors have been threatened, highlighting the urgent need for increased protection measures for public officials. This tragic event is not an isolated incident, as Ecuador has seen multiple assassinations of political figures in recent years.

In addition to García’s murder, another mayor and a presidential candidate were killed in recent years, reflecting the growing violence and instability in the country. President Daniel Noboa declared a state of emergency following a series of violent events, including the escape of a drug trafficking boss from prison. The government is working with law enforcement agencies to ensure a swift investigation and bring those responsible to justice.

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