At least 62 individuals have died in simultaneous violent riots in three Ecuadorean prisons on Tuesday that the federal government described as a concerted motion by prison organizations.
President Lenin Moreno has sought to manage prison violence in the Andean nation, declaring the prison system in a short lived state of emergency, due to the frequent confrontations between prison gangs.
“These were two groups vying for criminal leadership within the detention centers,” mentioned Edmundo Moncayo, director of Ecuador’s prison company.
The toll had risen to 62 confirmed deaths, Moncayo mentioned.
With the assistance of an extra 800 cops, Moncayo mentioned, authorities have been ready “to control and restore order within the detention centers.”
The violence erupted in prisons in Guayas, Azuay and Cotopaxi provinces, which maintain about 70% of Ecuador’s whole prison inhabitants in line with official statistics.
The authorities mentioned there have been wounded cops, with out giving additional particulars. Prison officers managed to evacuate throughout the riots.
Moreno mentioned on his Twitter account that he ordered the Armed Forces to “strictly control” arms, ammunition and explosives in the outer perimeters of Ecuador’s prisons.
Ecuador has about 53 detention facilities, together with these for juvenile offenders, with a prison inhabitants of some 37,500 individuals, in line with official information.