Marines Patrol Guayaquil After State of Emergency Declared in Ecuador.

Marines patrol the city of Guayaquil, patting down residents and checking their belongings as Ecuador entered a state of emergency over drug violence.

Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso late on Monday declared a state of emergency in the Andean country as part of a crackdown on the consumption and trafficking of drugs.

Lasso, a conservative who took office in May, said the move was a response to rising homicide figures nationwide and other crimes related to narcotic seizures, which total 147 tonnes so far this year.

"In the streets of Ecuador there is only one enemy: drug trafficking," Lasso said in a television broadcast. "When drug trafficking grows so do assassinations and homicides, robberies of homes, vehicles, goods and people."

(AFP/Reuters)

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