Ecuador: Prison riot leaves 43 dead

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Scores of inmates are feared dead in Ecuador after a deadly prison riot broke out between rival drugs gangs, in the latest bloody episode of a wave of violence that has engulfed the country’s prisons. Forty-three prisoners were confirmed dead on Monday as more than 200 police commandos retook control of the maximum-security wing of the Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas prison, about two hours drive from the capital Quito, but the death-toll is likely to rise. Interior minister Patricio Carrillo told reporters that the majority of the victims had been ‘executed with bladed weapons.’ It is Ecuador’s sixth deadly prison massacre since the beginning of 2021 pushing the death toll to nearly 400 as violence has spiked to unprecedented levels fuelled by rivalry between drug trafficking gangs.” (05/09/22)