Several simultaneous riots in different prisons in Ecuador caused at least 50 deaths this Tuesday, as confirmed by the Ecuadorian police on their Twitter account.
The Service for the Attention of Persons Deprived of Liberty (SNAL) pointed out that the incidents were recorded in prisons in the provinces of Guayas and Cotopaxi, as well as another in the province of Azuay.
“This is where, perhaps, we have the highest number of deaths,” reported the SNAL.
The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, blamed criminal organizations for the incidents:
Criminal organizations carry out acts of simultaneous violence in several prisons in the country. The @EcuadorPolice in coordination with the Minister of Government, @ppazminoec, are acting to regain control of prisons in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga. https://t.co/9gdGoWTQHr
– Lenin Moreno (@Lenin) February 23, 2021
For his part, the Minister of Government, Patricio Pazmiño, also spoke of a joint criminal action.
“Given the concerted action of criminal organizations to generate violence in prisons in the country, from the Unified Command Post, together with the police command, we manage actions to regain control,” Pazmiño wrote on his Twitter account.
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