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The youngest mayor in Ecuador and a collaborator were killed in a shooting

On Sunday, the young and ambitious Brigitte García, a 27-year-old mayor in Ecuador, was tragically murdered along with one of her collaborators. This unfortunate event has added to the wave of political violence that has been taking place in the country during a state of exception decreed by the Ecuadorian government. According to local police reports, García and her communications assistant were found dead inside a vehicle with gunshot wounds.

García, who belonged to the Citizen Revolution movement led by former president Rafael Correa, took office just months ago in May. Her death has shaken the political community and has caused sadness among many, including Correa who expressed his disbelief on social media. The authorities have yet to provide information on the possible motive or perpetrators of the crime.

The police commander of Manabí stated that García had not requested police protection and did not have any safety devices. The government of Ecuador has condemned the murder and promised to do everything in their power to find those responsible. The Association of Municipalities of Ecuador pointed out that at least 35 mayors have been threatened in recent years, emphasizing the need for better protection measures.

This is not an isolated case as Ecuador has seen other political figures being targeted by violence in recent years. In 2016, President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency due to internal armed conflict after a drug trafficker escaped from a Guayaquil prison, leading to a series of violent acts. The country continues to grapple with political unrest and insecurity affecting both authorities and civilians alike.

By Samantha Jones

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