Quito ( Associated Press) – A total of 13 inmates died on Monday after riots and fighting between prisoners at an Ecuadorian internal prison, the Service for the Deprived of Liberty, reported.
On its Twitter account, the organization said that “with the support of the police and armed forces, control of the Santo Domingo Deprivation of Liberty Center has been taken back. Unfortunately, staff at the center have currently reported 13 dead prisoners and two wounded.” .
He had earlier indicated that a fight between prisoners had been recorded at that detention centre, but without giving further details.
Photos and videos circulate on social networks where allegedly dismembered bodies of alleged prisoners are seen in the middle of pools of blood.
Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas is located 70 kilometers southwest of the capital.
On 9 May, authorities reported another riot with 44 dead inmates inside the same detention center prison. After the confrontation, officials said they found firearms, explosives and other equipment.
Since 2021, nearly 370 people have been brutally murdered in the country’s prisons, which have turned into the scene of disputes between national and international drug smugglers and criminals over areas and routes for this illegal business. We do.
The service is responsible for 65 prisons nationwide, which hold about 36,000 inmates, which is 17% more than the system’s maximum capacity to focus on individuals deprived of liberty.