At least two prisoners killed in a new riot in Ecuador

At least two prisoners died and five were injured in a new riot in Ecuador, in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas prison, in the center of the country, Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo reported.

According to the Ecuadorian Interior Minister, the victims are the product of a new confrontation between the same rival gangs that last month staged a massacre in the Cuenca prison that left twenty inmates dead and at least another twenty wounded.

During this new riot in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, which began between 2:30 and 3:00 local time (7:30 and 8:00 GMT) this morning (05.09.2022), there were around 40 inmates who tried to escape from prison but could be recaptured by security forces, Carrillo said.

Prisoner riots and fights between hostile gangs are frequent in Ecuador. More than 200 people lost their lives in this way last year. As a result, the federal police and armed forces took control of the South American country’s prisons.

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Like almost everywhere in Latin America, Ecuador’s prisons are overcrowded. Many prisons are controlled by crime syndicates. Numerous jailed gang bosses run their criminal organizations from behind bars.

rml (ef, dpa)

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