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World Ecuador declares prison emergency after 116 killed in riot

07:55  30 september  2021
07:55  30 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Ecuador ’s president has declared a state of emergency in the prison system following a battle among gang members in a coastal lockup that killed at least 116 people and injured 80. Women hug while waiting for some information about their relatives who are inmates at Litoral Penitentiary, after a prison riot , in Guayaquil, Ecuador , Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities report at least 100 dead and 52 injured in the riot on Tuesday at the prison .

Ecuador declared state of emergency for prisons in July. Inmates on top of the prison roof during a riot at the Guayaquil Regional prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Sept. 28, 2021. Photographer: Fernando Mendez/AFP/Getty Images. President Guillermo Lasso declared the prison system under emergency for the second time since he took power in May after gang violence claimed the lives of close to 100 inmates at a Guayaquil penitentiary, in one of the bloodiest jail riots in the history of Latin America.

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president has declared a state of emergency in the prison system following a battle among gang members in a coastal lockup that killed at least 116 people and injured 80 in what authorities say was the worst prison bloodbath ever in the country.

Women hug while waiting for some information about their relatives who are inmates at Litoral Penitentiary, after a prison riot, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities report at least 100 dead and 52 injured in the riot on Tuesday at the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus) © Provided by Associated Press Women hug while waiting for some information about their relatives who are inmates at Litoral Penitentiary, after a prison riot, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities report at least 100 dead and 52 injured in the riot on Tuesday at the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus)

Officials said at least five of the dead were found to have been beheaded.

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After a five-hour operation, police using ‘non-lethal weapons’ managed to retake control of the prison , Buenano told journalists. Buenano said that his officers were attacked by armed prisoners , but did not say whether these officers killed or injured any prisoners . Video posted by the government of Guayas State showed a Tuesday’s bloodbath in Guayaquil was not an isolated incident. Two equally violent prison battles have broken out already this year, with a wave of rioting across the country’s prisons killing 22 in July, and a similar series of concerted violence leaving at least 75 people dead in February.

In February, 79 prisoners were killed in simultaneous fights. The Litoral Penitentiary, where the latest deadly fight took place on Tuesday night, is considered one of the most dangerous in the country. Mr Buenaño said that inmates from one wing of the prison had crawled through a hole to gain access to a different wing, where they attacked rival gang members. Police managed to reach six cooks who had been trapped in the wing where the fight unfolded and get them to safety. President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency in the country's prison system.

President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency Wednesday, which will give the government powers that include deploying police and soldiers inside prisons. The order came a day after bloodshed at the Litoral penitentiary in Guayaquil that officials blamed on gangs linked to international drug cartels fighting for control of the facility.

A relative of an inmate awaits news outside the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities report at least 100 dead and 52 injured in a riot on Tuesday in the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus) © Provided by Associated Press A relative of an inmate awaits news outside the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities report at least 100 dead and 52 injured in a riot on Tuesday in the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus)

Lasso, visibly moved by the carnage, said at a news conference that what had happened in the prison was “bad and sad.” He also said he could not guarantee that authorities had regained control of the lockup.

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A violent prison riot in the Ecuadorian coastal city of Guayaquil has left at least 30 people dead and 47 injured, prompting military troops to cordon off the compound on Wednesday. At least six people were beheaded, the national prosecutor's office said. President declares state of emergency . Ecuador 's prison system has become a battleground with clashes typically breaking out between prisoners tied to Mexican drug gangs such as the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels. Guayaquil is a major hub for shipping South American cocaine north, particularly to the United States.

Ecuadorian prison agency SNAI had earlier reported detonations and "fights between criminal gangs" in one of the pavilions of the prison . Those killed and injured suffered from injuries resulting from bullets and grenades, according to regional police commander Fausto Buenaño. The State and the law have to be felt," added Arosemena. Ecuador 's prisons have been wracked with bloodshed this year, with more than 140 violent deaths reported, according to SNAI figures. In July, Ecuador declared a state of emergency in its prisons .

“It is regrettable that the prisons are being turned into territories for power disputes by criminal gangs,” he said, adding that he would act with "absolute firmness” to regain control of the Litoral prison and prevent the violence from spreading to other penitentiaries.

An ambulance leaves the Litoral Penitentiary after a prison riot, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Authorities report at least 100 dead and 52 injured during the riot on Tuesday at the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus): Ecuador Prison Violence © Provided by Associated Press Ecuador Prison Violence

Images circulating on social media showed dozens of bodies in the prison’s Pavilions 9 and 10 and scenes that looked like battlefields. The fighting was with firearms, knives and bombs, officials said. Earlier, regional police commander Fausto Buenaño had said that bodies were being found in the prison’s pipelines.

Outside the prison morgue, the relatives of inmates wept, with some describing to reporters the cruelty with which their loved ones were killed, decapitated and dismembered.

“In the history of the country, there has not been an incident similar or close to this one,” said Ledy Zúñiga, the former president of Ecuador's National Rehabilitation Council.

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At least 24 prisoners have been killed in a battle between inmates equipped with firearms and grenades at a prison in Guayaquil, according to Ecuador ’s national bureau of prisons (SNAI), which added that at least 42 others were wounded in the deadly riot . Guayas state Governor Pablo The regional police commander, General Fausto Buenano, said that toll included prisoners shot to death and killed by detonating hand grenades. President Guillermo Lasso retweeted an announcement from the prison bureau, saying order “has been restored at the Littoral Penitentiary after the Tuesday

Zúñiga, who was also the country's minister of justice in 2016, said she regretted that steps had not been taken to prevent another massacre following deadly prison riots last February.

Relatives of prisoners await news outside the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities report at least 100 dead and 52 injured during a riot on Tuesday at the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus) © Provided by Associated Press Relatives of prisoners await news outside the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities report at least 100 dead and 52 injured during a riot on Tuesday at the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus)

Earlier, officials said the violence erupted from a dispute between the “Los Lobos” and “Los Choneros” prison gangs.

Col. Mario Pazmiño, the former director of Ecuador's military intelligence, said the bloody fighting shows that “transnational organized crime has permeated the structure" of Ecuador's prisons, adding that Mexico's Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels operate through local gangs.

“They want to sow fear,” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday, urging the government to temporarily cede control of the prisons to the National Police. “The more radical and violent the way they murder,” the more they achieve their goal of control, he added.

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Ecuador's president said that care points had been set up for relatives of the inmates with food and psychological support. He added that a $24 million program to address the country's prisons will be accelerated, starting with investments in infrastructure and technology in the Litoral prison.

The former director of Ecuador's prison bureau, Fausto Cobo, said that inside penitentiaries authorities face a “threat with power equal to or greater than the state itself.” He said that while security forces must enter prisons with shields and unarmed, they are met by inmates with high-caliber weapons.

A woman comforts a man outside the morgue while waiting for the bodies of inmates killed in a riot at the Litoral penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. President Guillermo Lasso said in a press conference that the dead are so far 116. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus) © Provided by Associated Press A woman comforts a man outside the morgue while waiting for the bodies of inmates killed in a riot at the Litoral penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. President Guillermo Lasso said in a press conference that the dead are so far 116. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus)

In July, the president decreed another state of emergency in Ecuador’s prison system following several violent episodes that resulted in more than 100 inmates being killed. Those deaths occurred in various prisons and not in a single facility like Tuesday's massacre.

A relative of an inmate awaits news outside the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities have reported at least 100 dead and 52 injured in a riot on Tuesday at the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus) © Provided by Associated Press A relative of an inmate awaits news outside the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The authorities have reported at least 100 dead and 52 injured in a riot on Tuesday at the prison. (AP Photo/Angel DeJesus)

Previously, the bloodiest day occurred in February, when 79 prisoners died in simultaneous riots in three prisons in the country. In July, 22 more prisoners lost their lives in the Litoral penitentiary, while in September a penitentiary center was attacked by drones leaving no fatalities.

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