“Given the facts presented at the Social Rehabilitation Center of the Machala canton, we have activated the action protocols for this type of event. Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of the SNAI (Service for Persons Deprived of Liberty) and PPL (persons deprived of liberty) officials, ”the official wrote on his Twitter account without giving details.
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The newspaper El Correo reported that a group of inmates from the Machala Deprivation of Liberty Center took control of the prison in rejection of the transfer of persons deprived of liberty from Turi, in the province of Azuay (south), to the maximum security prison. of La Roca, in Guayas (west).
According to the media, the inmates have in their hands a penitentiary guide and have placed at least four gas cylinders at the access door to the prison to prevent the entry of the Police and the Armed Forces.
The problems in the Machala prison occurred a day after the government transferred five gang leaders to La Roca, allegedly responsible for the massacre that occurred on Sunday in the Turi prison and left 20 dead.
Local media reported that the police were outside the Machala prison. At noon on Tuesday, an unusual concentration was observed inside the prison, where gunshots were later heard.
ALSO IN OTHER PRISONS
The newspaper El Universo published in its digital edition that there were also incidents in the Cotopaxi prison, in the center of the country. It was officially known that there was an attempted riot by 50 inmates, but the situation was already under control.
According to the media, the kitchen and maintenance staff were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon due to the incidents.
The prisoners would have gone up to the terraces of the prison. However, later they went down, and four vans with military personnel and various patrols entered the prison.
Photographs of prison officials apparently being held in the Santo Domingo prison (west) also circulated on social networks, but no authority confirmed or ruled out the fact.
On Monday, the Minister of the Interior, Patricio Carrillo, anticipated that the transfer of the five inmates from the Cotopaxi prison to La Roca would provoke reactions among the criminal organizations and assured that the respective prevention measures are being taken and that the government will maintain a firm hand. against criminal gangs. .