Shooting occurred in a prison in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador. The police came under fire, carrying out a raid with the support of armored vehicles. 4 prisoners were injured. At the end of September, in the same prison, representatives of the warring groups staged riots with the use of small arms. Then perished 118 prisoners.
On the new aggravation of the situation in prison reported Chief of Police General Tannya Varela. According to her, the police managed to extinguish the new conflict and maintain control over the penitentiary institution. The published footage shows how a detachment of police special forces, supported by armored vehicles, enters the prison. It is reported that the security forces came under fire.
During the raid, two rifles, three pistols, ammunition and mobile phones were seized from prisoners. The police also detained outside the prison seven alleged gang members who wanted to deliver weapons and uniforms used by the security forces to its territory. informs The Day.
The prison in Guayaquil is designed to hold 5,300 inmates, but there are 8,500 in it (60% more).
On September 28, riots broke out in the prison. Prisoners from one prison block entered the other wing and attacked the people who were there. This was preceded by a conflict between the Los Lobos and Los Choneros gangs associated with the drug mafia. During the clashes, in which firearms and grenades were used, 118 people were killed, six of them were beheaded. 86 people were injured. Six are in serious condition, prison officials said.
This year, the level of violence in Ecuador’s prisons has increased significantly. In 2020, a total of 103 prisoners were killed, and this year – already 237, writes The South China Morning Post. On October 1, the country’s authorities dispatched thousands of police and military personnel to guard and maintain order in prisons. There are 65 penitentiary institutions in the country, which contain 39 thousand people with a maximum capacity of 30 thousand people. There are only 1,500 prison guards. According to experts, its number must be increased at least threefold.