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A confrontation between rival gangs of the Number 1 Center for the Deprivation of Liberty in Guayaquil, Ecuador, left more than 100 dead and dozens injured.
“The incident would have started due to fights between criminal gangs, in a pavilion of the penitentiary center,” said the National Service for Comprehensive Attention to Adults Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI).
The same body confirmed on its Twitter account this Wednesday that the death toll exceeds 100.
What happened led the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, who moved to Guayaquil, to declare the “state of national exception throughout the prison system.”
Fausto Buenaño, commander of the Zone 8 Police, based in Guayaquil, detailed Tuesday that the gangs that clashed were seeking to take control of a prison pavilion.
Detonations of firearms and explosions in several pavilions triggered the alerts of the authorities.
During the intervention, the agents found bodies with bullet wounds and grenade effects in the penitentiary pavilions.
The newspaper El Comercio reports that several victims were mutilated. In five cases there were beheadings. In others, limb cuts.
Third deadly mutiny
The relatives of the deceased went this Wednesday to a morgue in the south of Guayaquil to which they took the corpses of the prisoners.
El Comercio also reports that relatives of inmates also arrived at the prison where the violent confrontations occurred to demand official information from the victims, a detailed list and protection to prevent further murders.
Bolívar Garzón, director of the SNAI, assured in statements to the FM Mundo network: “It has not been easy, yesterday (Tuesday) the Police took control at 2:00 p.m., but last night there were other shootings, things, explosions, and today Tomorrow we already take full control, we are entering the pavilions of the conflict and discovering more corpses. “
“It really is a tragedy, something tremendous what is happening, this fight between organized criminal groups that in the search for internal power reach these levels, the situation is really terrible,” said the director of SNAI.
This is the third riot that has been registered in a jail in Ecuador so far in 2021.
The previous two occurred in February and July and left 79 and 22 dead, respectively.
The organization Human Rights Watch asked the government of Ecuador to investigate and identify those responsible for the violence in the prisons.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.