Prison riots in Ecuador stimulated by competing gangs leave 62 dead

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Prison riots in Ecuador sparked by rival gangs leave 62 dead

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QUITO, Ecuador — Sixty-2 prisoners have actually passed away in riots at jails in 3 cities in Ecuador as an outcome of battles in between competing gangs and an escape effort, authorities stated Tuesday.

Prisons Director Edmundo Moncayo stated in a press conference that 800 cops workplaces have actually been assisting to restore control of the centers. Hundreds of officers from tactical systems had actually been released given that the clashes broke out late Monday.

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Moncayo stated that 2 groups were attempting to acquire “criminal leadership within the detention centers” which the clashes were sped up by a look for weapons performed Monday by policeman.

Photographs and videos on social networks reveal supposed prisoners beheaded and dismembered in the middle of swimming pools of blood.

Tear gas increases from parts of Turi prison where a prisoner riot broke out in Cuenca, Ecuador, on Tuesday.Marcelo Suquilanda / AP

Deadly jail riots have actually occurred reasonably often over the last few years in Ecuador, whose jails were created for some 27,000 prisoners however home about 38,000.

President Lenín Moreno tweeted that he has actually purchased the Ministry of Defense “to exercise strict control of weapons, ammunition and explosives in the outer perimeters of prisons” as an outcome of today’s riots.

Moncayo stated 33 passed away at the jail in Cuenca in southern Ecuador, 21 in the Pacific coast city of Guayaquil and 8 in the main city of Latacunga.

At least 50 prisoners passed away in riots at 3 jails in Ecuador on Tuesday, cops stated.Marcos Pin Mendez / AFP – Getty Images

Moncayo stated that near 70 percent of the nation’s jail population resides in the centers where the discontent took place.

Minister of Government Patricio Pazmiño sent out a tweet blaming “the concerted action of criminal organizations to generate violence in the country’s prisons,” but added, “We are managing actions to regain control.”

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