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The worst data leak in the history of Ecuador discovered
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Drug trafficking: justice is shipwrecked in the "reasonable doubt"

The singer's band was arrested in October 2018 with 741 kilos of drugs.

A singer from Guayaquil related to drug trafficking cases that was released a few weeks ago. The same happened with three men who were found with 1 million dollars in the main terminal of the Main Port. The judges make use of the "reasonable doubt" to release them.
Ecuador´s Prosecutor points against Ola Bini with the thesis of the "screenshot"
According to the document, "Ola Bini has thousands of devices controlled by Ecuadorian citizens, around 1400, between phones and computers." The police report warns that, allegedly, "Ecuador is targeted by computer attacks that may have to do with the group that works with Ola Bini."
Abaca: modern slavery in the Ecuadorian fields
Diego Cazar Baquero and Susana Moran. Photography: Luis Arguello. Translation: Aida Calderon

The decorticator removes the excess water of the abaca. But, a fiber of abaca could become a razor. Many have been mutilated in this process. Workers have not been provided with the appropriate tools.


Ecuador says goodbye to Julian Assange
Redacción Plan V
Free Assange?
Gabriel Hidalgo Andrade

If this measure is approved, Ecuador would join countries like Mexico and Argentina where same-sex marriage is legally performed.

Ecuador is debating Marriage Equality
Redacción Plan V

Photo: Luis Argüello / PlanV

In the Eugenio Espejo hospital, some people have been injured during the protests. One of the most serious is Juan Olovacha who was operated to remove the pellets.


‘My uncle got seven metal pellets out of his head’
This is one of the first cases that cast doubt on the official version that the police and the military did not use lethal weapons during the October demonstrations in Ecuador.

Juan Olovacha, 30, a native of Quisapincha, Ambato, was part of a group of 40 people who came from that community to protest against the Government of Ecuador on October 7. But a day later, in the middle of the demonstrations, the young university student was hit by a projectile in his head that left him seven embedded pellets. He is still hospitalized and is in an almost vegetable state. The seconds after the shot were recorded by amateur videos.

Photo: Willy David Maigua


Ecuador: following the trail of those killed in the protests
Eight people died in social unrest caused by rising fuel prices.The circumstances of the deaths are not clear.

Until October 14, the Ombudsman's Office recorded eight deaths in the protests that lasted 11 days. But information about the circumstances of their deaths comes to mind drops. For Minister María Paula Romo, the Police are not responsible for those deaths. Among the dead are two indigenous leaders of Cotopaxi, but one has not yet been located. The other is Inocencio Tucumbi, who was fired by thousands of Pujilenses last Saturday. This article was written thanks to the contributions of the communicator Willy David Maigua, who lives in Pujilí.

An anti-mining activist will govern a province
Yaku Pérez, an anti-mining activist and Ecuadorian indigenous leader has been part of Andean Peoples organizations

Perez, whose original name is Carlos, changed his name to Yaku, word for water in Quechua, because of his commitment to the defense of the water sources in the Andes. As the leader of the organization for indigenous people from the Sierra in Ecuador, he opposed and questioned policies of Rafael Correa´s administration (2006-2017) that open the doors to great foreign mining companies wanting to exploit gold, silver, and copper deposits from the mountains in the south of the country.

Correa questioned the appointment of Salazar, he considers her to be biased in favor of his political enemies.

Diana Salazar, the first black attorney general
A 37-year-old black young woman is the new Attorney General of Ecuador. There is a great expectation among the people and the political class.

Lady Diana Salazar, 37, is a lawyer and the first black woman to serve as the Attorney General of Ecuador. The Council for Citizen Participation organized the contest after which she was sworn in by the National Assembly. There is great hope that she will investigate thoroughly corruption cases that involve the ex-president Rafael Correa and people linked to his administration.

The teenagers recruited by gangs from impoverished neighborhoods would go to parties allegedly in exchange for money, alcohol, and gifts.

Ecuador: a teenage prostitution ring
A North American citizen, manager of an oil company, is allegedly the ringleader of a plot of sex parties, drugs, and prostitution of teenagers from impoverished neighborhoods in Quito.

The Ecuadorian Police arrested a 75-year-old North American engineer from Houston who is believed to be the leader of a plot of sex parties, drugs, prostitution, and pornographic videos. According to the first investigations, “El Abuelo” (translates to The Grandfather) organized sexual events with minors of both genders at his apartment in an expensive neighborhood in the North of Quito.

Photo: Chase Fletcher


Quito: the city that does not love dogs
According to a study done by the University San Francisco of Quito, there is a stray dog for every 22 people.

Fauna in the Ecuadorian capital, like dogs and cats, is a public health concern. The growth of the animal population became almost unmanageable due to the authorities apathy and the lack of support to the few private non-profits.

Hernán Salgado: Ecuador can´t go on with the current state of the justice system
Hernan Salgado made a promise: “We want to dictate quality sentences. We want to dictate short and precise sentences. ”

The new president of Ecuador´s Constitutional Court, Hernán Salgado Pesantez, denounced the previous administration for selling sentences. They also found writings that after leaving the Plenum of the Court were changed before arriving at the Secretariat.

Isla Trinitaria: wounds four years after a brutal eviction
On March 27 of 2015, one of the most violent evictions took place, 40 families were dislodged by the administration of Rafael Correa with a zero-tolerance policy against land invasions.

More than 50% of the irregular settlements in Ecuador are in Guayaquil, the main Port in the country, one of these places is Isla Trinitaria. It is an unprivileged sector located in the south of the city hit by marginality and extreme poverty. Its population is mostly afro-descendants, they settled on this Island where land dealers offered them a place to live without a legal backup. The Island, an old landfilling, is the home of