Ecuador: Clashes at Litoral Penitentiary results in 68 deaths

Northwest of Guayaquil, Ecuador, clashes amongst inmates at Litoral Penitentiary have resulted in 68 deaths and 25 injured since Friday, according to local media.

The fighting lasted for almost eight hours  with authorities blaming prison gangs linked to international drug cartels. In this pavilion, according to police sources, the “Chonekillers” have control , which was the armed wing of the “Choneros”, but became their staunch rival.

Prisoners used social media to alert of the situation and request the intervention of the military. They indicated that people from other pavilions were seeking to enter Pavilion 2, for which they had knocked down walls and forced doors. Detonations were heard and burned roofs were seen in social media posts.

The Litoral Penitentiary has 12 pavilions, each one houses, on average, about 800 people.

So far this year, more than 270 people have been killed in clashes inside the prisons of Ecuador.

Relatives of the detainees held a vigil outside this prison to request the intervention of the authorities and have news of their detainees.

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