Quito, 16 November. At least five inmates escaped Wednesday from the Litoral Penitentiary, Ecuador’s largest and most populous prison in the city of Guayaquil, which has been the scene of massacres and clashes between inmates in recent weeks.
At least five inmates were confirmed to have escaped by the National Comprehensive Care Service for Persons Deprived of Liberty (SNAI), the government agency that controls, guards and manages Ecuador’s 36 prisons.
SNAI indicated that, “in view of the alerts received regarding deprivation of liberty,” an investigation has been launched to determine responsibilities for the incident that occurred at Guayas No. 1 Deprivation of Liberty Center as a prison. Internal action is included. officially known. coastal penalty.
The prison, which held nearly 7,000 inmates at the end of October when it has a capacity of 5,246, is one of the centers of a prison crisis Ecuador has suffered since 2020, with more than 450 killed in clashes between rival gangs. The prisoners have been murdered. who dispute control of Ecuadorian prisons.
It was in this prison where the largest prison massacre in Ecuador took place on September 28, 2021, in which 122 inmates were murdered, according to prison officials, and 125 according to associations of relatives of the victims.
In early November, the Littoral Penitentiary was the object of an intervention by the police and armed forces in which more than 500 prisoners were transferred to other prisons, in addition to rotation of prisoners between pavilions to try to avoid new confrontations. Besides.
The measure was met with violence by prisoners who took to the streets with several attacks that cost the lives of five policemen and the government attributed the response to organized crime and drug trafficking ranging from drug confiscations. Was appointed current administration.