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Bloody riot in a prison in Ecuador: the Police recaptured 200 prisoners who had escaped

The Ecuadorian Police announced this Tuesday that recaptured 200 prisoners who had escaped in the middle of the bloody riot that left at least 44 inmates dead and several injured in a prison in the city of Santo Domingo.

“There were a total of 220 citizens who escaped yesterday and at the moment 200 have been recaptured,” Police Operations Chief General Geovanny Ponce told the press.

Faced with this scenario, the government offers rewards up to $5,000 for information that contributes to the objective of finding the 20 criminals who are still fugitives.

The riot began in the early hours of last Monday, when a confrontation between the band Los Lobos and its rival R7 in the Bellavista prison, in Santo Domingo, about 80 kilometers from Quito.

Most of the victims died as a result of the stab wounds they received inside the cells. However, authorities also found rifles, pistols, grenades and ammunition.

Ecuador suffers the recurrence of riots

With this last bloody episode, they are already nearly 400 inmates who died in six riots unleashed in the prisons of Ecuador since February 2021. A situation that the government attributes to a fight between gangs for the distribution of drugs inside and outside the prisons.

In this sense, President Guillermo Lasso indicated on Tuesday that he is focused on carrying out an “unconventional war” against a “new enemy” in Ecuador, a country bordering Colombia and Peru, the largest producers of cocaine in the world.

For her part, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reiterated her “profound alarm” and underlined “the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the criminal justice systemEcuadorian, according to his spokeswoman Liz Throssell.

Meanwhile, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), condemned the violence and demanded a prompt, serious and impartial investigation“.

The government had previously decided relocation of dangerous prisonerswithin the framework of a set of measures that include pardons to reduce generalized overcrowding, the allocation of budgets to prisons and the creation of a pacification commission.

However, these measures have apparently been insufficient to stop the prison massacresone of the worst in Latin America.

Along with the brutal massacres in the prisons, Ecuador faces an increase in violence in the streets and drug trafficking, which the government tries to control through a state of emergency in the provinces of Guayas, Manabí and Esmeraldas, the most affected by the drug traffic.

With information from AFP.

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