Latin America

Nearly 200 casualties in Ecuador prison riot

The riot, which included multiple decapitations and mutilations, was attributed to confrontations between criminal gangs

A woman reacts while standing with others outside the Cotopaxi No. 1 penitentiary after several inmates were killed in a riot earlier this year. Photo: Johanna Alarcon/Reuters via Alamy
A woman reacts while standing with others outside the Cotopaxi No. 1 penitentiary after several inmates were killed in a riot earlier this year. Photo: Johanna Alarcon/Reuters via Alamy

At least 116 inmates have died and another 80 were injured during a prison riot in Ecuador, the latest in a series of violent incidents in the country’s penitentiary system, leading President Guillermo Lasso to declare a 60-day state of emergency across all of Ecuador’s jails.

The riot, which included multiple decapitations and mutilations, was attributed by the local press to confrontations between criminal gangs, possibly tied to international drug cartels. This follows similar incidents earlier this year, when 79 were killed during a series of simultaneous riots in February and another 22 murdered in July during...

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