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Death Toll From Prison Riots in Ecuador Rises to 31

  • Prison riots in Ecuador. Jul. 26, 2023.

    Prison riots in Ecuador. Jul. 26, 2023. | Photo: Twitter/@LeMonde_EN

Published 26 July 2023

"...14 people were injured, among them a policeman and a soldier..."

On Tuesday, Yesterday, the Ecuadorian Attorney General's Office confirmed that the riots that began three days ago in the Litoral Penitentiary, the country's largest prison, have left 31 dead, while the authorities seek to regain control of the center.

18 Prisoners Killed in Ecuador Prison Clashes

The institution reported that 14 people were injured, among them a policeman and a soldier.

The Government, on the other hand, concluded the intervention of the public forces in pavilions 8 and 9 of the Penitentiary, although this afternoon the General Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency announced that the work continues in other sectors of the facility.

In the operation, they found high caliber weapons, including two UZI automatic machine guns with feeders, nine rifles, a grenade launcher and a homemade bomb, seized about a thousand cartridges, cash, jewelry and drugs.

In the midst of Tuesday's wave of violence, authorities indicated that 120 of the 137 agents held in prisons in the provinces of Napo, Cañar, Azuay, Loja, Cotopaxi and El Oro were released.

Moreover, President Guillermo Lasso announced a state of emergency in all prisons in the national territory for 60 days to facilitate the intervention of police and military inside these prisons. Meanwhile, the province of Esmeraldas is in chaos, with at least five vehicles burned in different areas, threats of explosives in gas stations, as well as installations of the Public Prosecutor's Office and the National Electricity Corporation attacked with Molotov cocktails.

The wave of violence in Ecuador has increased even more after the murder of the mayor of the city of Manta, Agustín Intriago, last Sunday, and the confrontations in different penitentiary centers during the weekend.

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