More than 50 useless and dozens injured in jail riots in Ecuador

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Officials stated gun and knife battles between rival gangs erupted on Monday evening in three separate prisons.

Prisons in Ecuador had been on excessive alert after greater than 50 individuals had been killed and dozens of others injured in three jail riots, police stated on Tuesday.

According to authorities, riots erupted in prisons positioned in three cities Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga. The violence was attributable to disputes between rival gangs contained in the prisons, officers stated. Local media reported that prisoners had been killed utilizing weapons and knives.

Police General Commander Patricio Carrillo stated on Twitter on Tuesday that further safety forces had been despatched to the prisons to regain management. Carrillo stated the riots concerned high-security prisoners.

“All the prisons at the moment have restriction and controls in place,” Carrillo wrote.

Translation: Given the occasions that occurred at this time in Guayas, Azuay and Cotopaxi @PoliciaEcuador is managing the management of them. At the second there are reviews of greater than 50 useless. We will proceed to tell …

The riots reportedly erupted on Monday evening, after prisoners took jail guards hostage.

Local media reported that a number of ambulances had been seen leaving the jails, and that as information of the riots was made public, dozens of prisoners’ relations gathered exterior the prisons to get extra info on what was occurring.

000 93M8HFExterior of Zone 8 Deprivation of Liberty Center in Guayaquil, Ecuador [Marcos Pin Mendez/AFP]

Images and movies circulating on social media confirmed inmates gathered on a jail rooftop with cops on bikes and in patrol automobiles surrounding the jail.

In a tweet, Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno stated gangs had carried out “simultaneous acts of violence in several prisons in the country,” and that in coordination with the Minister of Government, Patricio Pazmino Castillo, police had been working to regain management of prisons.

Translation: Criminal organizations carried out acts of simultaneous violence in a number of prisons within the nation. The @PoliciaEcuador in coordination with the Minister of Government,@ppazminoec, are working to regain management of prisons in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga.

Prison riots and disputes between rival gangs steadily happen in Ecuador. Five inmates had been killed in a brawl in a jail in Latacunga in December.

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