In Ecuador, TV broadcast siege latest front in gang war

A live broadcast by Ecuadorean television station TC was interrupted on Jan. 9 by balaclava-clad gunmen, the most dramatic recent example of a renewed explosion of violence in the previously tranquil South American country.

New president Daniel Noboa has pledged to hit back at the rising crime that stymied his predecessor, but he faces an uphill battle amid gang control of prisons, kidnappings of police, and bombings.

Why has Ecuador’s security deteriorated?

Security in Ecuador has been worsening since the coronavirus pandemic, which also brutally battered the economy.

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