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Canada Ecuador: The toll of mutinies rises to 79 dead

11:11  25 february  2021
11:11  25 february  2021 Source:   france24.com

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GUAYAQUIL ( Ecuador ), Feb 24 — At least 79 inmates died in simultaneous riots blamed on gang warfare at four prisons in Ecuador , officials said today. Updating the toll from yesterday’s violent uprising, the SNAI prison authority said it had retaken control of the prisons which jointly hold more than two-thirds of the South American country’s inmate population. The military had been deployed to help quell the uprising. The SNAI said in a statement 37 prisoners had died at two jails in the western port city of Guayaquil, 34 at a prison in Cuenca in the south, and eight in the central Andean town of

QUITO, Ecuador — The number of inmates who have died in riots at multiple prisons in Ecuador this week increased to 79 on Wednesday after authorities regained control of the facilities in three cities. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Hundreds of police officers and military personnel converged on the prisons after apparently coordinated fights broke out in the maximum security wings as rival gangs fought for leadership within the detention centers. Authorities have said the clashes that began Monday night were precipitated by a search for weapons carried out at the facilities in the South

ECUADOR-PRISONS: Ecuador: The toll of mutinies rises to 79 dead

EQUATEUR: LE BILAN DES MUTINERIES S'ALOURDIT À 79 MORTS © Reuters / SANTIAGO ARCOS ECUADOR: THE TEST OF MUTINIES HAS RISE TO 79 DEAD

QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador on Wednesday said the death toll from mutinies in several prisons across the country had risen to 79.

Although the authorities assured to have regained control of the prisons where the riots had broken out, the head of the national police announced that a new mutiny was underway in the prison of Guayaquil.


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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The number of inmates who have died in riots at multiple prisons in Ecuador this week increased to 79 on Wednesday after authorities regained control of the facilities in three cities. Hundreds of police officers and military personnel converged on the prisons after apparently coordinated fights broke out in the maximum security wings as rival gangs fought for leadership within the detention centers.

The rebellion left 79 inmates dead and at least 20 injured. Officials gather mobile phones, guns and dozens of knives that were seized from one of the four prisons in Ecuador . Ecuadorean security forces prepare to raid one of the four prisons where rivals gangs sparked a riot on Tuesday. The death toll rose to 79 as of Wednesday morning. The violence erupted in prisons in Guayas, Azuay and Cotopaxi provinces, which hold about 70 per cent of Ecuador 's total prison population, according to official statistics.

The police and soldiers have been deployed in the penitentiary centers of Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga where the gangs had clashed Tuesday.

The Ecuadorian Prison Service Directorate (SNAI) said that 75 prisoners were killed during the riots. A dozen detainees and police were injured, according to official data.

The SNAI confirmed that a new riot was underway on Wednesday, specifying that its agents and the national police were coordinating their actions without giving further details.

(Alexandra Valencia, Sarah Kinosian and Brian Ellsworth; French version Camille Raynaud)

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