Ecuador’s Youngest Mayor Shot Dead: Escalating Political Violence Continues Despite State of Exception

Youngest Mayor of Ecuador and Collaborator Killed in Shooting

The brutal murder of Ecuador’s youngest mayor, Brigitte García, on a Sunday has left the country in shock. This incident is just one of many acts of escalating political violence that have been taking place in Ecuador, which is currently under a state of exception declared by the government.

García, who took office just five months ago at the age of 27, 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 and pledged to do everything possible to bring her murderers to justice.

The authorities are still trying to determine the motive behind Garcia’s murder and have not yet identified the perpetrators. According to local police reports, Garcia and her communications assistant were found dead in a vehicle with gunshot wounds. However, it is worth noting that Garcia did not request any police protection or have a security detail prior to her death.

The Association of Municipalities of Ecuador reported that at least 35 mayors have been threatened in recent years, 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 Garcia’s murder, another mayor and a presidential candidate were also 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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