Ecuador bans carrying bladed weapons after rising street violence

According to councilman Bernardo Abad, people found carrying bladed weapons will be sanctioned with half a basic salary, which in Ecuador is US$425.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Ecuadorian capital banned from Thursday the carrying of bladed weapons in public spaces, informed Mayor Santiago Guarderas, in a measure taken in response to the increase in crime linked to drug trafficking in the country, which includes fines for violators.

"It is not going to be possible now in the (metropolitan Quito) district for people to use knives, use screwdrivers, all kinds of weapons that put the safety . . .

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