Rabu, 29 September 2021

More than 100 dead in Ecuador’s latest prison violence -

An ambulance exits the prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on September 29, 2021 following a bloody clash at the facility

The death toll from bloody clashes between rival gangs in an Ecuador prison has surpassed 100, with 52 more wounded, the government prison authority said Wednesday, as soldiers surrounded the facility -- one of the country's many overburdened and understaffed jails.

Inmates went to war armed with guns and grenades on Tuesday at the Guayaquil prison complex: a clash between prisoners believed to be linked to Mexican drug gangs -- mainly the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels.

"We want information because we don't know anything about our families, our sons," said one woman, who would not give her name. "I have my son there."

The SNAI prison authority said in a tweet that the death of "more than 100" prisoners had been confirmed, with 52 more wounded.

Officers were attacked by inmates with guns.

Lasso said that he would head a security committee in Guayaquil to control the emergency, but also guaranteed protection of "human rights for all those involved."

Ecuador's prison system has become a battleground for thousands of prisoners with ties to powerful Mexican drug gangs.

- 'A war' -

Two weeks ago, Guayaquil's Prison Number 4 was attacked by drones, part of "a war between international cartels," prison authorities said. There were no casualties in that attack.

Ecuador's prison system has 65 facilities designed for about 30,000 but which house an actual population of 39,000 inmates. There are chronic staffing shortages.

Located between Colombia and Peru, the world's leading cocaine producers, Ecuador is a key transit for drug shipments to the United States and Europe.

Between January and August this year, Ecuadoran authorities seized about 116 tons of drugs, mainly cocaine, compared to 128 tons in all of 2020.



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2021-09-29 23:10:25Z

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