ECUADOR: Violence in Three Stages

ECUADOR Violence in Three Stages

The hatred of a young army recruit for his martinet captain in the dusty Pacific town garrison of Portoviejo caused the rioting that put Ecuador under martial law and killed at least 37 people.

Reprimanded by his commanding officer, Draftee José García Macías, 20, shot at him four times. When the officer Captain Galo Quevedo dropped to the ground, García concluded he had killed the captain and committed suicide. The officer arose unharmed. But next day when Quevedo went to García's funeral, the mourners turned into a mob chased him to the officers' club, besieged him...

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