January 29, 2023

Dozens of inmates had been killed throughout a riot early on Monday as rival gangs clashed in a jail within the Ecuadorean metropolis of Santo Domingo, the federal government mentioned, the most recent episode of jail violence that has rocked the South American nation.

100 and eight prisoners stay at massive and 112 have been recaptured, Inside Minister Patricio Carrillo instructed reporters. Authorities mentioned the riot broke out after a gang chief was transferred to Santo Domingo’s Bellavista jail following a court docket order, which can have induced unrest amongst prisoners.

Each the inside ministry and the legal professional normal’s workplace reported that 43 prisoners had died. Most of them had been stabbed to demise, Carrillo mentioned.

The riot was the most recent incident of violence in Ecuadorean prisons, which the federal government attributes to fights between gangs over management of territory and drug trafficking routes.

Final 12 months, 316 prisoners died throughout riots in varied prisons throughout Ecuador.

Bellavista jail has now been introduced again underneath management, police commander Fausto Salinas mentioned, including {that a} safety fence was constructed across the jail’s perimeter after prisoners escaped.

The Inter-American Fee on Human Rights has mentioned the system is blighted by state abandonment and the absence of a complete coverage, in addition to poor circumstances for inmates.

The nation’s prisons home 35,000 individuals and are overcrowded at about 15% past most capability.

Conservative President Guillermo Lasso has promised to scale back jail violence by means of a gang pacification course of, early launch for prisoners and political and social reforms.

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