Ecuador Prison Riot: The South American country of Ecuador has a long history of violent clashes and riots in prison. In the recent riots, 15 inmates have been killed and many have been seriously injured in the riots of Latacunga Prison here. The magnitude of this internal riot in the jail can be gauged from the fact that the work of identifying the prisoners who were killed inside the jail is still going on.
So far 20 prisoners have been reported injured. According to prison officials, there was a fierce clash between prisoners armed with guns and knives inside this prison in Central Ecuador. Authorities have held national and international drug trafficking groups accountable for these riots.
conflict between drug smuggling gangs
The recent unrest within Ecuador’s prison system is also the result of conflict between drug smuggling gangs. The prison agency of this South American Ecuador country says that 14 people were taken to the hospital and officials are working to identify the bodies. A spokesman for SNAI, the agency that manages Ecuadorian prisons, said: “15 people were killed and 20 injured in the riots on Monday (October 3) at Cotopaxi No 1 Jail in Latacunga. The authorities have blamed national and international drug trafficking groups for the riots. Here these gangs clashed with each other with knives and guns.
security has been restored
The governor of Cotopaxi province, Oswaldo Coronel, said security had been restored in the prison. Coronel said the injured had been identified and taken to hospital. Latakunga Jail also comes in this province. Actually Latacunga lies about 80 km south of Ecuador’s capital Quito. In May, 12 prisoners were killed in a prison in Santo Domingo. Only two months had passed since this violence in this jail that in July, 12 people died in the jail riots here.
400 deaths in 8 months
More than 400 prisoners have died in prison violence in Ecuador’s prisons since February 2021. The conservative government of the country’s President Guillermo Lasso has called it a war of smuggling gangs to capture the areas and routes of drug trafficking. The Ecuadorian government has said that these gangs are responsible for these deaths. On the other hand, the families of the prisoners also believe that the death toll in the prison riots is much higher and they are demanding reforms in the system.
Prisoners exceeding capacity in jails
Human rights group Inter-American Commission has said that Ecuador does not have a precise policy for the prison system. In the jails here, the prisoners have to face the crowded and dangerous conditions. This human rights organization has formed a committee of prisoners’ families for justice in prisons, so that Ecuador can be held accountable for decades of negligence of prisoners. According to official figures, there are about 33,500 people in Ecuadorian prisons. Which is 11.3 percent more than the maximum capacity of these jails.