I take one week off to fix a nightmare with one of our clients (software and security related) and what happens?
Things appear to be busing at the seams and falling apart on a global scale. Tonight’s edition, an homage to the 2023 series focuses on Ecuador which appears to have devolved into a state of civil war if one is to believe the headline from the UK Daily Mail today.
Ecuador erupts in ‘civil war’ with cartel thugs: President orders the army onto streets as crazed criminals rampage through cities – with TV station seized, university attacked and jail guards executed following escape of mob boss
The violence started after the escape by a cartel boss and escalated quickly. Many thanks to Sulaiman Ahmed for his excellent work documenting and posting the videos on X/Twitter.
BREAKING: ECUADOR POLICE OFFICERS KIDNAPPED AND MAJOR EXPLOSION IN CITIES— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) January 9, 2024
– Explosions in multiple cities.
– 4 Police officers have been kidnapped in Machala and Quito.
– Notorious narco boss Adolfo Macías escaped from prison.
– Over 50 law enforcement officers… pic.twitter.com/D24FRVmP6O
The game show being raided on live television by cartel members in Guayaquil was a stunning sight to behold, with the host obviously thinking he was a dead man as he nervously spoke to the gunmen.
The fighting expanded beyond the prison and into the streets all over the nation where policemen got into protracted battles with cartel members and in some cases where they were taken hostage, executed.
WAR BREAKING OUT IN ECUADOR BETWEEN CARTEL AND POLICE pic.twitter.com/dVr2imYFjW— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) January 9, 2024
These videos might be disturbing to some, so my readers are being forewarned.
BREAKING: NARCO TERRORIST EXECUTE POLICE OFFICER IN ECUADOR (18+) pic.twitter.com/wRkkAv2iIE— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) January 9, 2024
🇪🇨🚨‼️ BREAKING: The cartel kills more guards.— Lord Bebo (@MyLordBebo) January 10, 2024
Crazy … pic.twitter.com/SFdp82HGKS
🚨ECUADOR🇪🇨— Nafú Togó (@NafuTogo) January 10, 2024
Terroristas atacan un edificio policial UPC, en Guayaquil, en represalia por un terrorista abatido. pic.twitter.com/6vhHzf0uQw
As the cartel members surfaced throughout the nation, they attempted to take more hostages to intimidate the government, including unarmed college students.
BREAKING: STUDENT SHOT NEAR A SCHOOL AND TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY THE CARTEL pic.twitter.com/XWSPIgXnn8— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) January 9, 2024
Also, many innocent civilians were caught in the crossfire.
BREAKING: A WOMAN HAS BEEN SHOT IN THE BACK IN THR CARTEL CIVIL WAR IN ECUADOR pic.twitter.com/3HfoyfVMlC— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) January 9, 2024
It was not a safe day for anyone on the streets of the major cities in Ecuador.
BREAKING: CARTEL MEMBERS AIMING BAZOOKAS AT CARS IN THE STREETS OF ECUADOR pic.twitter.com/yHG4q0JCu9— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) January 9, 2024
Quito was under siege all day long with gun battles, car bombs, fire bombings, and more. In the video below, the police are ambushed and executed by cartel members.
Urgente!!— احمد الحارثي (@ahmxo) January 9, 2024
Quito en estos momentos pic.twitter.com/2dsQk9kWOG
The President of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, said there will be no negotiations with the cartels and for all practical purposes declared martial law.
BREAKING: PRESIDENT DANIEL NOBOA SAYS THEY WILL FIGHT BACK AND DECLINED NEGOTIATIONS pic.twitter.com/Wt3sv5GoEK— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) January 9, 2024
The cartel has surrendered in some parts of the country, but the fighting has been brutally violent and continues into the evening.
BREAKING:— Megatron (@Megatron_ron) January 9, 2024
⚡Intense gun fight in Ecuador between the cartel and law enforcement
Ecuador's president has declared an internal armed conflict and the mobilization of the military in the war against organized crime Gunmen storm Ecuador television studio. pic.twitter.com/mWMz1YBWDP
The military is deploying around the country and by tomorrow, the situation should stabilize a little so the government can regain some control of the major cities at a minimum.
Welcome to 2024.
The year of Chaos.