A bloody riot at an Ecuadorian prison on Tuesday killed at least 11,166 people and injured 80 others, President Guillermo Lasso announced on Wednesday.
The latest figures represent a rise above initial estimates following Tuesday’s massacre at the Lateral Penitentiary on the outskirts of the coastal city of Guayaquil. Surgery UK Reports
Speaking on national television on Wednesday, President Lasso acknowledged that the prison was not yet fully secure, and urged relatives and families of the detainees to clear the area.
“I wish I could just say yes, we’ve saved the full literal sentences, but I really can’t. The meeting we just had was to move on to the next level.” And I hope that in the next few hours you will see some of the plans that we have implemented.
Ecuador’s prison agency, SNAI, said there had been an explosion in a prison pavilion and a “fight between criminal gangs”.
The deaths in the massacre are said to have been caused by bullets and grenades, said Regional Police Commander Fausto Boinau.
“Prisoners tell us (sister) they are beating me. Call the police, they need to enter pavilion (prison wing) five,” one prisoner’s sister told Reuters.
Less than five dead prisoners were beheaded before police and strategic forces “succeeded in restoring peace,” according to Gov. Gov. Pablo Arusmina.
According to the SNAI, Ecuador’s prisons have recorded more violent clashes this year, with more than 140 violent deaths reported.
The Ecuadorian government has declared a 60-day state of emergency in Ecuador’s prisons. This will allow the deployment of troops in prisons to limit prisoners’ privacy and the rights of independent associations.
The state of emergency will also allow search and other surveillance measures.
Lasso also said the state would spend about 24 24 million on the prison system during the state of emergency.