X: Guillermo LassoThis photo shared today by President Guillermo Lasso about the army deployment in prison Litoral
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 22:21
In Ecuador, a state of emergency has been declared in prisons due to ongoing gang violence. At least 18 detainees have been killed in riots across the country since last weekend. The army has been deployed to restore order.
According to the authorities, some 2,700 soldiers and agents have taken action in the infamous Litoral prison alone. Parts of the cell complex in the city of Guayaquil have been taken over by armed detainees. There has also been a fire.
The military operation in Litoral will continue until the situation is under control, President Guillermo Lasso said on X, better known as Twitter. Presidential elections are next month and the escalation of violence is high on the campaign agenda.
Guards taken hostage
The situation has also gotten completely out of hand in other prisons. In all, about a hundred guards would be taken hostage. In some places, prisoners have gone on hunger strike without explaining why, writes Reuters news agency.
Ecuador has been struggling with major problems in prisons for some time. These complexes are often overcrowded and gang violence is the order of the day. In Litoral, more than a hundred people died last year in days of rioting in September, five detainees were beheaded.
The state of emergency in the prisons initially applies for sixty days. In addition, the provinces of Manabí and Los Ríos have also declared a state of emergency after a local mayor was shot dead on Sunday.
Ecuador has become a hub in the international cocaine trade. Nieuwsuur published this video about this last weekend:
Thus, Ecuador became the new cocaine hub