The barbaric mega-gang The Wolves have claimed responsibility for the assassination of Ecuador’s incoming president Fernando Villavicencio.
The 59-year-old politician was known for speaking out against cartels and corruption before he was shot dead at a rally on Wednesday.
In his final speech before his assassination in the capital Quito, Villavicencio promised a cheering crowd that he would root out corruption and imprison the country’s thieves.
A haunting video has now surfaced on social media showing a hooded clan brandishing guns and claiming responsibility for the shooting.
One of the men – dressed from head to toe in black – warned that they were cracking down on “corrupt politicians,” it said LaRazon.
He said: “We want to make it clear to the entire Ecuadorian nation that every time corrupt politicians fail to fulfill their promises to establish themselves, if they receive our money, which amounts to millions of dollars, to fund their election campaign, they will be fired.”
They also issued a chilling threat to another presidential candidate, Jan Topic, warning: “You too, Jan Topic, keep your word. If you don’t keep your promises, you’re next.”
Topic offered his condolences to Villavicencio’s wife and five children before temporarily halting his campaigning activities following the gruesome taunting of Los Lobos.
Known for their inhumane acts such as beheading rivals, the savage group Los Lobos, which translates to The Wolves, is the second largest gang in Ecuador.
They started out as a splinter group of the country’s most prominent criminal group, the Choneros.
Many of its 8,000 members are behind bars and have been responsible for a series of deadly prison fights and massacres.
They are understood to have been involved in the bloody fight between rival gangs at El Litoral – Ecuador’s largest men’s prison in the city of Guayaquil.
Police officers and soldiers who were forced to storm the prison last month made the grisly discovery of dozens of bodies.
The violence and unrest spread to other prisons as inmates took guards hostage and abused other inmates.
In 2021, more than 116 people were killed in a bitter fight between Los Lobos and another gang in one of the only prison massacres in Ecuador’s history.
According to authorities, at least five people were barbarically beheaded when inmates rioted at the Litoral prison in the coastal city of Guayaquil.
Images shared on social media showed dozens of bodies in the prison’s Pavilions 9 and 10, along with what appeared to be battlefield scenes.
The fighting took place with guns, knives and bombs, officials said.
Regional Police Commander Fausto Buenaño said bodies were found in the prison’s pipelines.
And last year, members of Los Lobos were reportedly involved in another prison bloodbath that killed dozens.
Inmates at Cuenca’s Turi prison were reportedly beheaded when rival gangs clashed again in March 2022 at the Liberty Deprivation Centre, also known as Cuenca’s Turi prison.
Shots rang out inside the prison and authorities found evidence of the use of five types of weapons – many hidden in walls and floors.
More than 315 prisoners have been killed in prison massacres in Ecuador since 2021.
Los Lobos members reportedly sided with the gangs Los Pipos, Los Chone Killers and Los Tiguerones under the name Nueva Generación when violence erupted behind bars.
The evil group has now cruelly boasted that they were behind the Villavicencio assassination.
Several bullets hit the former journalist as he left a political rally at a school on Wednesday night.
Horror images showed terrified people screaming and ducking for cover as gunshots rang out.
Dozens of shots were heard as the terrified crowd ducked and fled.
A second clip appeared to show father-of-five Villavicencio on the ground, while a third video showed him being wheeled to hospital on a stretcher.
The would-be president is believed to have been shot three times in the head.
He was herded to a nearby clinic, where he was pronounced dead less than two weeks before the August 20 election.
A suspect was shot dead in crossfire with security forces.
Another nine people were injured in the horrific incident, including a candidate for the National Assembly and two police officers.
President Lasso said, “I assure you.” crime will not go unpunished.
“Organized crime has gone too far, but it will feel the full force of the law.”
Villavicencio’s death comes at a time when the country is grappling with a violent crime spree, including drug trafficking and murders.
He was a member of of Ecuador He was a member of the National Assembly before its dissolution in May and was one of the top candidates to succeed President Guillermo Lasso on the first ballot.
Villavicencio was one of eight candidates for the August 20 vote, albeit not the top candidate.
The politician was the candidate of the Build Ecuador Movement.
Villavicencio has been a vocal critic of corruption, particularly during former President Rafael Correa’s 2007-2017 tenure.
He was also an independent journalist, investigating corruption in previous governments and later entering politics as an anti-corruption activist.
His campaign adviser, Patricio Zuquilanda, said Villavicencio received several death threats before the shooting and reported them to authorities.