At least 75 inmates died February 23 and several were injured in riots blamed on gang rivalry at three jails in Ecuador’s overcrowded prison system, authorities said. As security forces battled to regain control, distraught family members waited desperately for news outside the prison in Ecuador’s western port city of Guayaquil, where officials said 21 died. Another 33 died at the prison in Cuenca in the south and eight in Latacunga in the centre of the South American country, according to Edmundo Moncayo, director of the government’s SNAI prisons management body. “We want the death list given to us,” said Daniela Soria, 29, one of about 40 women outside the Guayaquil prison, many of them in tears. “We know that the problems are not over because everyone there has a phone and my husband doesn’t call me,” she told AFP . A relative of an inmate grabs a fence outside the Centro de Privación de Libertad Zona 8 prison where riots broke out in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Feb. 23, … [Read more...] about At least 75 inmates dead in Ecuador prison riots
VARIOUS prison riots in Ecuador have claimed the lives of nearly 80 inmates. Local authorities have now regained control of the detention centers in three different cities after days of turmoil. How many people died in the Ecuador prison riots? Nearly 80 inmates have died due to several violent riots in several prisons in Ecuador. The agency responsible for the prisoners claimed that 37 of them died in the city of Guayaquil, 34 in the city of Cuenca, and eight in the central city of Latacunga. What happened in the Ecuador prison riot? Coordinated fights reportedly broke out in the maximum security wings of the detention centers as rival gangs fought for leadership. The riots occurred after a weapons search was carried out on Monday within the centers, according to authorities. After three days of chaos, authorities were able to take control of the situation. Local television footage from February 22 depicted prisoners jumping from high walls and others … [Read more...] about How many people died in the Ecuador prison riots?
Video Player Close QUITO, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a spate of prison riots in Ecuador on Tuesday has climbed to 79, the National Service of Comprehensive Attention to Adults Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI) said on Wednesday. The organization said in a statement it raised the death toll after four more deaths were registered in the past few hours in prisons in the provinces of Azuay (south), Guayas (southwest) and Cotopaxi (center). "SNAI continues to collect information on human losses and other aspects related to the confrontations that have arisen," said the organization responsible for prison administration and control. The fatal clashes between rival criminal gangs have shocked the South American country, which has never seen these types of prison riots before. According to the initial investigations, the riots were sparked by a power struggle within the prisons after the murder in December of Jorge Luis Zambrano, alias "Rasquina," … [Read more...] about Death toll of Ecuador prison riots climbs to 79
Dozens of inmates have died, with some reportedly beheaded and dismembered, during a series of riots at prisons in Ecuador this week. Following one of the bloodiest outbreaks of prison violence in the country's history, authorities regained control of the facilities in three cities after raids by hundreds of police officers and military personnel. According to reports, coordinated fights broke out in the maximum-security wings as rival gangs fought for leadership within the detention centres. Authorities have said the clashes that began on Monday night were sparked by weapons searches. The national agency responsible for the prisons said at least 79 inmates had died, including 37 inmates in the Pacific coast city of Guayaquil, 34 in the southern city of Cuenca, and eight in the central city of Latacunga. Advertisement The prisons' maximum-security areas tend to house inmates linked to killings, drug trafficking, extortion, and other major crimes. … [Read more...] about Ecuador: Inmates ‘beheaded and dismembered’ as 79 killed in prison riots
AT least 79 inmates have been killed after mass brawls broke out across four jails in Ecuador after a gang leader was murdered. Riot police and the military have been deployed to break up the fights, which first started on Tuesday. The blood-thirsty scraps were prompted by a battle of control of the jails after a gang leader was killed in December. Turi prison saw the most deadly of fights, where 34 people were killed. There were also fatalities in two prisons in the city of Guayaquil and in a jail in Latacunga. There was also a fourth jail that saw inmates turn on each other. Pictures of one of the prisons showed inmates on the roof, surrounded by police. All those killed were inmates, officials said. DEADLY CLASHES Authorities said that by midday today, the violent situation was "under control". The total of those killed in the fights is higher than deaths in the prisons for 2019 and 2020 combined. The first clash broke out at around 9.00am local … [Read more...] about Ecuador prison riots – At least 79 inmates killed in bloody uprisings in four jails after gang leader murdered