A local organizer in Ecuador’s Esmeraldas province for the political movement founded by ex-President Rafael Correa was assassinated on Monday, party leaders said, less than a week after a presidential candidate was murdered.
Pedro Briones, a director for Citizen Revolution in the San Mateo parish in Esmeraldas was killed. Leaders including Correa and Luisa Gonzalez, the party’s presidential candidate, broke the news on Twitter. Neither the police nor the Interior Ministry were able to immediately confirm the killing.
“Ecuador is living its bloodiest moment. We owe this to the total abandonment of an inept government and a state taken over by mafias,” Gonzalez said.