Article by Daniel Scorpie – Published on Saturday, 03 February 2024, 15:46 / Updated on Saturday, 03 February 2024 16:10
The Ecuadorian league has decided that the first leg of the season will be played on March 1, instead of February 16. Violence is to blame, especially linked to drug traffickers. The president of the country, Daniel Noboa, decreed a state of emergency, after the most dangerous criminal in Ecuador escaped from a maximum security penitentiary.
Ecuador’s LigaPro is set to kick off the new season on February 16. However, the tense situation in the country does not allow this and the decision was made to postpone the start until March 1. This after, on January 8, the country’s president, Daniel Noboa, decreed a state of emergency.
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The reason? The most dangerous criminal in Ecuador escaped from a maximum security penitentiary! In these conditions, in addition to the deployment of the army on the streets, with the help of the police forces, some fundamental rights of Ecuadorian citizens were suspended.
He has to serve a 34-year sentence!
Because it could no longer guarantee the safety of spectators and players involved in football, the Government of Quito took the measure of postponing the national competition by two weeks, which was to begin with the duel between the champion LDU Quito and Macara.
Alfonso Macias, known as Fito, was serving a 34-year sentence for drug trafficking and murder. This event caused an unprecedented explosion of violence in the country, involving the narcos networks that make the law in South America.
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These criminal organizations have long been in control of prisons, where robberies between rival gangs often take place. And where, “just since the beginning of 2024, 20 inmates have died and at least 200 policemen and guards have been taken hostage,” writes L’Equipe newspaper. In addition, local authorities have decided that between midnight and 5:00 a.m.: 00 am to prohibit the population from going out of the house in areas considered very dangerous, in 10 of the 24 provinces of the state.
We fully agree with the decision taken by law enforcement. We hope that on March 1st we can resume the championship with the public without having any security problem
Miguel Angel Loorpresident of LigaPro
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