At least 51 prisoners died in the last hours in new clashes in a prison in the coastal city of Guayaquil, in southwestern Ecuador, the newspaper Expreso reported this Saturday, based on a preliminary report by the Police.
The report, to which Expreso had access, “confirms that until the morning of this Saturday, November 13, 51 people deprived of liberty have died after the clashes registered, especially in pavilion 2 of the old Litoral Penitentiary, of Guayaquil “, published the newspaper.
When asked about the issue, a police source told Efe that “there were clashes in the Guayaquil Penitentiary, the police tactical units are intervening in the penitentiary.”
Sources from the institution in charge of the control of the prisons informed Efe that in the course of the morning they will offer a press conference on the subject.
Expreso points out that, in addition, during the inspection the agents found a rifle and a dozen sticks of dynamite. Also, ten prisoners have been taken to different health homes.
At 08.10 local time (13.10 GMT), experts from Criminalistics and the National Directorate of Crimes Against Life (Dinased) began to carry out work on a wall of pavilion 2 of the Penitentiary, since there is at least one deceased on the site , which can be seen from the road to Daule, he added.
The specialized agents are guarded by tactical commandos, who walk on the roofs to monitor the environment and anticipate any attack that may come from the courtyards.
There are more than 20 indications of projectiles that would have been found only around that body.
“The images that circulate on social networks and live broadcasts from the prisoners themselves – he adds – is what has allowed us to know that there are wounded, deceased and bodies that have been cremated inside the old Litoral Penitentiary, in Guayaquil.”
The country’s prison system is under a state of exception declared on September 29 after the worst massacre occurred in a prison in Guayaquil, where 118 inmates were murdered, several of them dismembered, in the middle of a brawl between gangs related to drug trafficking. , according to the authorities.
Since then, the security forces have carried out periodic searches and control operations in prisons, the perimeter of which is controlled by soldiers.
The Constitutional Court ruled that the actions of the military in these precincts do not violate the Magna Carta as long as they remain outside the prisons and until the first filter of entry to the precincts.
Despite the state of exception, prisons have continued to be the scene of altercations in recent weeks, as several inmates have been hanged, while during the feast of the Dead -at the beginning of the month- a fight between gangs left three dead inmates and one prisoner. looted supply truck.
TORTURE PREVENTION MECHANISMS
Last Wednesday, the National Service of Comprehensive Attention to Adults Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders of Ecuador (SNAI) requested the activation of the National Prevention Mechanism against Torture, following videos that reflect inhumane practices, allegedly carried out against prisoners in a Guayaquil jail.
“The Human Rights Secretariat requests the Ombudsman’s Office to activate the National Prevention Mechanism against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment according to its powers, in order to comply with national and international rights obligations Humans, “says the statement issued by the entity.
The document made reference to videos and photographs “of general knowledge”, disseminated on social networks that “show alleged cases of torture among persons deprived of liberty at the Zonal 8 Deprivation of Liberty Center.”
In one of them, supposedly filmed by the inmates themselves in the Guayaquil Penitentiary, there is a young man who is submerged face down several times in a basin of water by several people who count for several seconds until they take him out and tell him to ask a relative paying a supposed debt contracted