Gas stations in Ecuador ask the government to militarize service stations

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The petition comes after the car bomb attacks that exploded in different gas stations in the country

Ecuadorian gas stations ask the government to militarize service stations

The gas station union asks the government for measures to protect the safety of service station employees and customers. (La Prensa Riobamba)

The gasoline distributors of Ecuador have asked the government of that country to militarize the service stations in the provinces governed by the State of Exceptiondue to the latest attacks registered in different cities and in other areas of the country where extortions and assaults have been registered.

During the first week of November, seven car bombs exploded in different gas stations in Guayaquil, Esmeraldas and Santo Domingo. The attacks occurred after the government announced the transfer of inmates from the Litora Penitentiaryl, the most violent prison in Ecuador, to other prisons in the country.

In addition to the security request, the National Chamber of Petroleum Derivatives Distributors(Canddepe) made another three requests to the government. One of them is that they allow the restitution of the USD 0.05 of profit margin that distributors and marketers obtained and that was eliminated three years ago. The second request is that the government fully subsidizes the cost of freight for the fuels that are transported to the gas stations. Finally, they ask that the Value Added Tax withholding be eliminated.

Ecuadorian gas stations ask the government to militarize service stations

Three car bombs exploded in Santo Domingo, at 152 kilometers from Quito. (Cupsfire)

The Chamber insisted on its request on security and assured that it has not received answers from the government. Given this, the union will announce measures that allow them to protect the integrity of their clients and workers. The announcement will be made on November 10.

Oswaldo Erazo, executive secretary of Camddepe, told the Ecuadorian media outlet Primicias that a One of the measures will be to reduce service hours at service stations: “For example, that service be only during office hours, because many of the attacks with explosives have been at night,” he indicated.

The wave of violence that broke out in Ecuador

Since October 31, Ecuador has experienced days of violence never seen before.

< p class="paragraph">The first thing was the discovery of two decapitated corpsesthat hung on a pedestrian bridge in Esmeraldas, in the north of the country. Next, it became known about riot alerts in the Litoral Penitentiary, in Guayaquil. It all started with the rejection of criminal gangs to transfer their members between prisons.

Ecuadorian gas stations ask the government to militarize the service stations

Two policemen were assassinated in Durán , 9 kilometers from Guayaquil. (REUTERS/Santiago Arcos)

From that moment on, in less than 24 hours there were four car bomb attacksin Guayaquil and Esmeraldas, more than 10 discoveries of explosive devices in different places, including police units; an attack on a health center and attacks on members of the security forces.

On the night of November 1, in Santo Domingo, 152 kilometers from Quito, three car bombs detonated in different fuel service stations.

Since November 2 there were also clashes in the Penitenciaría del Litoral. The riot was violent and the prisoners attacked the members of the security forces with firearms and grenades. The riot left two prisoners murdered and another 8 inmates injured.

After several hours of intervention, on the afternoon of November 3, the Police announced that they had retaken control of the prison.< /p>

Ecuadorian gas stations ask the government to militarize service stations

More than 1,300 members of the Public Force participated in the operations to regain control of the Litoral Penitentiary. (REUTERS/Santiago Arcos)

The attacks of those days left six police officers killed.

The Comprehensive Attention Service , in charge of prisons, assured that more than 1,400 prisoners were relocated, including the transfer of two leaders of the Chone Killers criminal gang to the maximum security prison La Roca.

Faced with insecurity and the escalation of violence, President Guillermo Lasso decreed a State of Exception for the provinces of Guayas, Esmeraldas and Santo Domingo. The president has traveled to Guayaquil, where the unified command center of the security forces is located, to lead the actions that will allow calm to be restored.