More than a hundred inmates are still at large, after a new riot in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas prison, in Ecuador. The number of dead inmates now rises to 43, according to the Police and the Prosecutor’s Office.
In a message on Twitter, the Prosecutor’s Office indicated that “so far there have been 43 deceased inmates,” as indicated a few minutes after the Minister of the Interior, Patricio Carrillo, reported at a press conference of 41 deceased inmates.
“Most of them, not to say almost one hundred percent, you can see with the naked eye, were deprived of life with a knife, not with a firearm,” Carrillo said at a press conference.
The minister added that most of the bodies “were exposed and attacked in the pavilions and in the cells” and specified that the recapture of 112 people deprived of their liberty, who were already outside the prison, was achieved, some to be saved. his life and others with the intention of eloping.
However, some 108 inmates remain at large, reported Fausto Salinas, Police Commander General, at the same press conference. Therefore, the National Police has been arranged and coordinated with the Armed Forces so that the roads that connect the prison with the canton (municipality) and with the rest of the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas are guarded.
Carrillo noted that the clashes in the prison, where 13 were injured (some of them seriously), occurred between a criminal organization calling itself Los Lobos and another dissident criminal group, calling itself R7. Due to the seriousness of some of the wounded, the minister did not rule out that the death toll could rise in the coming hours.
Carrillo described as “cruelty” what happened in the Bellavista detention center, and pointed out that it is the same group that recently caused another confrontation in the Turi prison, in the southern Andean city of Cuenca, which left 20 prisoners dead, and at least 10 others wounded.
The minister considered that the leaders of the gangs should be subjected to more demanding disciplinary regimes. According to the official, after the incidents, searches were carried out and they found “heated (hidden) firearms.”
In Ecuador, some 400 prisoners have died in the last two years in clashes between rival organizations linked to drug trafficking that dispute the internal control of prisons and that has ramifications inside and outside prisons, according to the authorities.
Recently, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a report on the prison crisis in Ecuador in which it urged the Government to regain internal control of the prisons, provide decent conditions for prisoners and develop crime prevention policies where do not prioritize incarceration.
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