February 26, 2024

The homicide, in the course of the road, of presidential candidate from Ecuador, Fernando Villavicencio, when he had simply given a rally in Quito, has induced a stir within the nation. The present president, Guillermo Lasso, has even needed to decree, for the second for 2 months, a state of emergency within the nation, which in latest instances has seen safety and violence issues develop significantly resulting from organized crime.

The case has already resulted in six arrests, in a single day, of individuals suspected of getting participated within the crime. Additionally, a legal gang named as ‘The WolvesHours later they’ve claimed duty for the homicide, and have threatened the opposite candidates, with a video that has gone viral and is surprising as a result of presence of a dozen hooded and armed people who declare the capturing demise of the politician. However, who’re ‘Los Lobos’?

In response to the Perception Crime Basis, which is devoted to the examine of threats to nationwide safety and citizenship in South America, this gang is “the second largest legal group in Ecuador.” It has greater than 8,000 members distributed within the nation’s prisons and has been concerned in a number of violent episodes within the nation: in 2021, for instance, greater than 315 lifeless inmates are attributed to him.

In September of that 12 months, for instance, 119 prisoners died in riots, for clashes between bands. Final 12 months there have been extra massacres, just like the one in Might within the Bellavista jail, which noticed a struggle with 44 deaths.

An particularly aggressive chief

It’s assumed that Alexander Quesada, referred to as ‘Ariel‘, is the present chief of the gang, after its earlier chief, Wilmer Chavarría, ‘Pipo’, died in one other jail riot in 2021. Sources accustomed to the gangs spotlight his aggressive character.

In response to Perception Crime, “Los Lobos” operated primarily within the Amazonian cities of Latacunga and Cuenca and on the coast of Machala, however with their rising weight they’ve gained relevance within the main nationwide prisons. Ser says, for instance, that they management every thing within the Turi jail, in Cuenca, which homes about 1,600 inmates.

The group, which is linked to drug trafficking (particularly cocaine) and in latest instances to unlawful mining (associated to gold), has ties to the organized crime from Colombia and Mexico, in accordance with the NGO portal. Amongst his legal actions, subsequently, the safety of drug shipments in port cities that go from Colombia to the USA stands out.

The gang gained weight a few years in the past when the nation’s dominant gang ended up being defragmented and ‘Los Lobos’ took management of a federation of gangs, together with the Tiguerones and the Chone Killers. The choneros, the most important gang in Ecuador, is the nice rival of ‘Los Lobos’. They’d beforehand been allies however parted methods in 2021.