The episode adds to a growing number of violent incidents against law enforcement officials and security forces in Uruguay, strengthening the resolve of the government to adopt a tougher stance on crime.
The global nature of the coronavirus pandemic has both highlighted the importance of international cooperation and prompted a retreat into nationalism by governments struggling to meet the needs of their health systems. Brazil and the Southern Cone countries have not been exempt from this trend.
Uruguayan anti-narcotics authorities were delivered two massive cocaine seizures, together totalling around six tonnes (t). This aptly rounded off a year of important drug seizures, during which a total 12t of cocaine were confiscated according to national daily El País.