At least 62 inmates dead and dozens injured in Ecuador prison riots on Tuesday.
Authorities say the riots took place between gangs active in the prison. News agency AFP informed this information.
One of the three prisons is located in the western port city of Guayaquil, officials said. 21 people were killed there. During the riots, rioters clashed with law enforcement forces as they tried to take control of the jail.
At this time, many concerned relatives gathered outside the jail to know the condition of the prisoners.
Edmundo Monke director of SNAI, the government agency responsible for managing Ecuador’s prisons, also said 33 more people had been killed in prisons in the southern Queens area. The other eight were killed in jail in central Latakunga.
“We want a list of those killed,” said Daniela Soria (29) one of about 40 concerned women gathered outside the Guayaquil prison. She said, ‘All the prisoners have phones. But my husband is not calling. ‘ Many of the waiting relatives cried at this time.
Soria said she had previously received a message from her husband Ricardo on WhatsApp. There Ricardo said they were going to kill him, to get him out of here. He has not been contacted since.
Ricardo’s wife, Soria, added: “This prison is like a market. There is everything there — drugs, weapons, even puppies. Everything is sold there. ‘
In the aftermath of the riots, President Lenin Moreno called the riots “violence by members of criminal organizations.”
Authorities say they tried to take control of the prisons during the riots. Army personnel was deployed to assist the police in quelling the riots. Several detainees were also injured in the clashes between members of the criminal group.
Among them are two inmates at Guayaquil Prison in critical condition.
Edmondo also told Mon that several policemen were injured during the riots. However, no members of the law enforcement forces were reported killed.
Meanwhile, Police Commander Patricio Carrillo described the situation as serious. Two firearms used by the rioters were seized from a jail.