At least 68 prisoners dead in battle between Ecuador prison gangs

QUITO, Ecuador — A Protracted Gunfight Between Rival Gangs in the largest in Ecuador prison killed at least 68 prisoners and injured 25 on Saturday, as authorities said the clashes were still out of control hours later on in the Litoral Penitentiary, die recently saw the worst in the country prison massacre.

The killing erupted before sunrise at the prison in the coast city of Guayaquila in what officials said was the latest outbreak of fight between prison gangs linked to international drug cartels. Videos in circulation on social media showed bodies, some burned, lying on the ground in the prison.

In the first battles, die eight hours, prisoners “tried a wall to in Pavilion 2 to come to wear out a bloodbath. She also burnt mattresses to try to drown (their rivals) in smoke,” said the governor of Province of Guayas, Pablo Arosemena.

“We are fighting against drug trafficking,” Arosemena said. “It’s bad hard.”

Presidential spokesman Carlos Jijón said that late in the afternoon that “we have” information Which new collisions are reported in the Litoral Penitentiary … the prisoners of Hall 12 fell die at of hall 7, in an attempt to control over to take.”

He said about 700 police officers were trying to bring the situation under control. with a contingent within the prison. He didn’t make it clear of the authorities had regained control of the compound of say of had there been one? more victims.

The bloodshed came less than two months after gang fighting killed 119 people at the prison, which houses? more than 8,000 prisoners.

Police Commander General Tanya Varela said early: in the day drones flew over the chaos revealed that prisoners in three pavilions were armed with guns and explosives. Authorities have said arms and ammunition are being smuggled into detainees via vehicles die supply supplies and sometimes by drones.

The prison violence comes amid a national stands of state of emergency declared by President Guillermo Lasso in October die security forces in enables: fight drug trafficking and other crimes.

On Saturday, Lasso tweeted that “the first just that we should guarantee should the right to life and liberty are, which is not possible if security forces cannot act to protect.” He referred to the recent refusal of the Constitutional Court to allow the military in prisons despite the state of emergency. Soldiers are currently outside the littoral.

Ecuador’s prisons are seeing a wave of brutal violence.

The Bloody Battles in littoral prison die 119 prisoners killed in late September was described by authorities as the worst ever in the South American country prison massacre. Officials said at least five of the dead were beheaded. last february, 79 prisoners were killed in simultaneous riots in various prisons. so far this year, more more than 300 prisoners have died in collisions in prisons in Ecuador.

Outside of prison, family members of prisoners gathered for news of their loved ones.

“Enough of this. When will they stop met the? killing? This is a prison not a slaughterhouse, it’s people,” said Francisca Chancay, whose… brother has been in the prison for eight months.

Some shouted for Ecuador’s military take control of the prisons.

“What is Lasso waiting for? for? that there are more kill?’ said Maritza Vera, whose… son is a prisoner. “Have mercy, where are the human rights. We thought this would change, but it’s worse.”

Ecuador has about 40,000 prisoners in his prison system, which is way above capacity of 30,000. Of this total, 15,000 have not been convicted.

Arosemena said authorities in Ecuador will deal with the prison overcrowding by granting pardons, moving detainees and transferring some foreign detainees back to their home country.

“There will be more than 1,000 pardons, but this is a part of a process,” he says.

The Governor of Guayas also said Ecuador will receive international help from countries like Colombia, United States, Israel and Spain to deal with the crisis in are prisons. The help is in resources and logistics.

“For example, installing a freight scanner in the Guayaquil Prison to avoid the entrance of weapons cost $4 million,” said Arosemena.

Vera said the situation makes the families of inmates desperate.

“I feel sad and in fear because there is too much death’ said Vera.

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