Tragic Death of Ecuador’s Youngest Mayor Marks Escalating Wave of Political Violence

Youngest Mayor of Ecuador and Collaborator Killed in Shooting

On a Sunday, the young mayor of Ecuador, Brigitte García, was tragically murdered along with her collaborator in a vehicle. The 27-year-old García was the youngest mayor in the country and had taken office just months ago. This incident is part of an escalating wave of political violence in Ecuador, which is currently under a state of exception declared by the government.

García was a member of the Citizen Revolution movement led by former president Rafael Correa. 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 Garcia did not request police protection and did not have a security detail.

The murder of García is just one example of the growing violence and instability in Ecuador. In recent years, multiple political figures have been assassinated, including another mayor and a presidential candidate. 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.

President Daniel Noboa has 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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