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Moreno creates brigades to control the Venezuelans' migration to Ecuador

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, has ordered Sunday the creation of brigades to check the legal situation of Venezuelan migrants in the country because of the horrible murder of a pregnant woman by a man of that nationality.

"I organized an immediate brigade training to monitor the legal situation of Venezuelan immigrants in the streets, workplaces and on the border," the president said through his Twitter account.

Moreno did not offer details about the type of brigades that will be created. A source from the presidency communication secretariat told AFP that there will be a press conference on Monday that will provide details on the subject.

The president added that "we analyzed the possibility of creating a special permit to enter the country" for Venezuelans.

Moreno, who on Saturday embarked on a trip to Switzerland to attend the Davos Forum, reacted this way after a Venezuelan ripped open a pregnant woman when she was surrounded by the police who aimed her guns and did not act to avoid the crime in the middle of the road.

"Ecuador is and will be a country of peace, I will not allow any antisocial to take it away from us, the integrity of our mothers, daughters and companions is my priority," said the president.

He added that the Venezuelans "have opened their doors, but we will not sacrifice the safety of anyone".

Ecuador estimates that 300,000 Venezuelans who have escaped from the crisis in their country remain in its territory.

Between 2014 and 2018 over 1.2 million Venezuelans entered Ecuador, according to the Foreign Ministry, which granted approximately 97,000 visas to signatories of this nationality.

Moreno questioned that the police did not act to avoid the murder of the woman, registered around midnight on Saturday in the Andean city of Ibarra (north).

"It is the duty of the police to act harshly against crime and crime, and they have my support, we will apply the full weight of the law to those who have done nothing against the violence, injustice and criminal activity of the power, "he said.

The Minister of the Interior, María Paula Romo, stated in principle that "what happened to Ibarra is an unacceptable horror, the death of Diana (the victim) should have been avoided with the use of the force by the national police ".

The official said on Twitter that after the crime he was ordered to change the governor (representative of the Executive) and the police chief of the province of Imbabura (capital Ibarra), in addition to the "immediate dispatch of special forces" in the 39; area.

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