At least 62 folks have died in simultaneous violent riots in three Ecuadorean prisons on Tuesday that the federal government described as a concerted motion by felony organizations.
President Lenin Moreno has sought to regulate prison violence in the Andean nation, declaring the prison system in a brief state of emergency, due to the frequent confrontations between felony gangs.
“These were two groups vying for criminal leadership within the detention centers,” stated Edmundo Moncayo, director of Ecuador’s prison company.
The toll had risen to 62 confirmed deaths, Moncayo stated.
With the assistance of a further 800 law enforcement officials, Moncayo stated, authorities have been in a position “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 based on official statistics.
The authorities stated there have been wounded law enforcement officials, with out giving additional particulars. Prison officers managed to evacuate through the riots.
Moreno stated 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 folks, based on official knowledge.