At least 58 people were killed in clashes with firearms in the Ecuadorian Litoral prison, located in the western city of Guayaquil. Another 12 people were injured. About it informs газета The Universe.
The riots in the prison began around 6:30 pm on November 12. The next morning, videos from a penitentiary institution appeared on the Internet. In one of the videos, a group of prisoners burns the bodies of those killed in the courtyard.
On November 13, the siloviki managed to take control of the situation. The police searched the interior of the prison in search of weapons. A rifle, two pistols and 10 sticks of dynamite were seized.
On September 28, in the same prison, clashes broke out between representatives of rival criminal groups. According to official figures, during the riot then perished 118 prisoners. President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency in the country’s penitentiary system for 60 days.
After the September riot, security forces used armored vehicles to raid the prison. It was reported that during the special operation they came under fire.
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 – about 300. 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.
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