Officials mentioned gun and knife battles between rival gangs erupted on Monday evening in three totally different prisons within the nation.
Prisons in Ecuador have been on excessive alert after greater than 50 individuals have been killed and dozens of others injured in three jail riots, police mentioned on Tuesday.
According to authorities, riots erupted in prisons situated in three cities Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga. The violence was brought on by disputes between rival gangs contained in the prisons, officers mentioned. Local media reported that prisoners have been killed utilizing weapons and knives.
Police General Commander Patricio Carrillo mentioned on Twitter on Tuesday that further safety forces have been despatched to the prisons to regain management. Carrillo mentioned the riots concerned high-security prisoners.
“All the prisons at the moment have restriction and controls in place,” Carrillo wrote.
Ante los hechos suscitados el día de hoy en los CRS Guayas, Azuay y Cotopaxi @PoliciaEcuador se encuentra gestionando el management de los mismos. Al momento Criminalística reporta más de 50 PPL fallecidos.
Seguiremos informando… pic.twitter.com/OTbX3ziazU
— Policía Ecuador (@PoliciaEcuador) February 23, 2021
Translation: Given the occasions that occurred at this time in Guayas, Azuay and Cotopaxi @PoliciaEcuador is managing the management of them. At the second there are reviews of greater than 50 lifeless. We will proceed to tell …
The riots reportedly erupted on Monday evening, after prisoners took jail guards hostage.
Local media reported that a number of ambulances have been seen leaving the jails, and that as information of the riots was made public, dozens of prisoners’ kinfolk gathered exterior the prisons to get extra info on what was taking place.
Images and movies circulating on social media confirmed inmates gathered on a jail rooftop with cops on bikes and in patrol vehicles surrounding the jail.
In a tweet, Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno mentioned gangs had carried out “simultaneous acts of violence in several prisons in the country,” and that in coordination with the Minister of Government, Patricio Pazmino Castillo, police have been working to regain management of prisons.
Organizaciones criminales realizan acciones de violencia simultáneas en varios centros penitenciarios del país. La @PoliciaEcuador en coordinación con el Ministro de Gobierno, @ppazminoec, están actuando para retomar management de cárceles en Guayaquil, Cuenca y Latacunga. https://t.co/9gdGoWTQHr
— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) February 23, 2021
Translation: Criminal organizations carried out acts of simultaneous violence in a number of prisons within the nation. The @PoliciaEcuador in coordination with the Minister of Government,@ppazminoec, are working to regain management of prisons in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga.
Prison riots and disputes between rival gangs regularly happen in Ecuador. Five inmates have been killed in a brawl in a jail in Latacunga in December.