(CNN Español) – Ecuadorean President Guillermo Laso announced this Wednesday that 116 inmates were killed in Tuesday’s clashes. In a prison located on the outskirts of Guayaquil. The president indicated that “there are approximately 80 wounded, all of whom are deprived of their freedom, and there are no civilians, kitchens or prison guides affected in this unfortunate incident.”
Lasso decreed an exceptional situation throughout the Ecuadorean prison system.
On Tuesday, Ecuador’s National Service for Comprehensive Attention to Adults Deprived of their Liberty and Adolescents Offending (SNAI) said there had been “criminal gang battles” in a wing of Litoral prison and that there had been gunfire and explosions. At the time, the balance managed by the foundation was 24 deaths. The number has been increasing over the past few hours.
When Lasso was asked if they controlled the prison, he replied, “I would say yes, but I can’t.” On Tuesday, the governor of Guayas province, Pablo Arosimena, said that the police and the Tactical Regime’s forces had “managed to restore order”.
State of exception in all prisons in Ecuador ‘due to serious internal disturbances’
Lasso stated that the state of exception was declared in the prison system “due to serious internal disturbances” for a period of 60 days. “This state of exception is based on circumstances that have seriously affected the rights of persons deprived of their liberty, members of the Prison Security Service, and members of the National Police, in particular their rights to personal safety and life,” the President declared. at a press conference.
He also said he seeks to “control the conditions that have changed the functioning of the prison system, (and) restore coexistence.”
This Thursday, the Ecuadorean police stated through their verified Twitter account that about 400 agents had entered into an intervention and search operation inside the number one Guayas prison.
Police said they were entering the prison in order to maintain order and ensure the security of the complex.
With information from Gerardo Lemos