The president, Daniel Noboa, declared an internal conflict, an extraordinary step taken when the state has come under attack by an armed group. While Mr. Bukele disdains democracy, Mr. Noboa “has portrayed his government as a democracy under siege,’’ Mr. Sabatini said. Mr. Noboa is also facing a different adversary, said Will Freeman, a fellow in Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. But, he added, “we do see Noboa moving toward a strategy of mass arrests.”Since the president declared war on the gangs, authorities in Ecuador have detained more than 6,000 people. Ms. Cisneros, the cook who is finally able to serve meals outside, said, “They must not leave.”The post Terrorized by Gangs, Ecuador Embraces the Hard-Line ‘Noboa Way’ appeared first on New York Times.