- At least 21 deaths and dozens of injured were registered in the last hours in two state prisons in Ecuador
- The events took place between the afternoon and night of Wednesday in the main prison of Guayaquil and in the Latacunga prison in the center of the country
- “There are 45 prisoners who were recaptured after they tried to escape,” he said.
At least 21 deaths and dozens of injuries were recorded in the last hours in two state prisons in Ecuador after clashes between rival gangs in those compounds, authorities reported Thursday, according to The Associated Press.
The events took place between the afternoon and night of Wednesday in the main prison of Guayaquil – the Litoral Penitentiary – and in the Latacunga prison, in the center of the country, indicated the National Service for Comprehensive Attention to Adults Deprived of Liberty.
Riots in Ecuador prisons leave at least 21 dead
He added that at least nine police officers and another 35 injured detainees have also been registered. The authorities indicated that the riots caused damage in administrative areas, although in the two prisons the police regained control of both prisons, where in one of them the escape of an inmate considered highly dangerous was reported.
The police reported on their Twitter account that there was an attempted escape in the Latacunga prison, where the inmates had managed to leave the prison and were neutralized in a nearby vacant lot.
Videos of riots in Ecuador’s prisons
“There are 45 prisoners who were recaptured after they tried to escape,” the police said. Riots and deadly clashes in prisons in Ecuador are relatively frequent. The last of them occurred in mid-June when a fight between rival gangs left two dead and 11 injured.
President had asked for international help
Last February, the president of Ecuador Lenín Moreno assured that he would ask for international help to face the crisis that the prison system is experiencing after a series of riots that occurred in the month almost simultaneously resulted in the murder of at least 79 inmates after violent fights between rival gangs.
In a message to the nation, the president said that – in the presidential cabinet of the group called Forum for Progress and Integration of South America – “I will request support to combat this problem of organized crime that has a regional presence.”