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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Riots in Ecuador’s prisons have killed at least 24 people and injured dozens more

Dozens of prisoners were killed on Tuesday after gang members began rioting at a prison in a coastal town in southwestern Ecuador, officials said.

Violence erupted at a prison in the Guayaquil region and it took police and military officials five hours to regain control. Officials said the fight involved shootings, knives and explosions and was caused by a dispute between the “Los Lobos” and “Los Choneros” prison gangs.

“As a result of the clashes, 24 people were killed and 48 injured,” according to one SNAI statement, Bureau of the Ecuadorian National Prison. Multiple reports quoted local officials as saying at least 300 people had been killed in fighting within the prison gang.

The Ecuadorian public prosecutor’s office said in a statement that six detainees who had died during the clashes had been “beheaded.”

Video Footage of the clash What was shared on social media showed inmates firing from prison windows as they detonated firearms and explosives. The detainees threw grenades, Regional Police Commander General Fausto Buenano said.

The Guass state government also posted pictures on its Twitter account showing six chefs being pulled out of a wing of a prison.

The regional governor told the BBC it took about 40,000 police officers to regain control of the Penitentiary del Litoral prison in Guayaquil.

The factory has prisoners linked to the international drug ring.

Relatives of the detainees are waiting for news outside the Literal Penitentiary after the September 28, 2021, riots in Guayaquil, Ecuador. (Angel Diseases / AP Photo)
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Relatives of the detainees are waiting for news outside the Literal Penitentiary after the September 28, 2021, riots in Guayaquil, Ecuador. (Angel Diseases / AP Photo)

In February and July, riots broke out in the country’s prisons, which housed about 1,000,000 prisoners. The February violence killed at least 79 people and in July it was at least 22.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has previously condemned the violence and called on the Ecuadorian government to fully investigate the prison violence and bring those responsible to justice.

In August, President Guillermo Lasso said the government would create new funds for the overcrowded prison system and install new equipment to improve security.

Reuters assisted in compiling this report.

From NTD News

Lorenz Duchamps

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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