(CNN Espanol) – Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said on Wednesday that 116 prisoners had been killed in clashes Tuesday at a prison on the outskirts of Guayaquil. “About 80 people have been injured, all of whom have lost their freedom, and there are no civilians, kitchen staff or prison guards affected by this unfortunate event,” the president said.
Lasso imposed an exception throughout the Ecuadorian prison system.
On Tuesday, the National Service for Comprehensive Focus on Elderly Adult and Adolescent Criminals (SNAI) reported that there had been “fights between criminal gangs” and guns and grenades in one of the literary prison halls. Explosions. At that time, the balance managed by the company was 24 deaths. This number has been on the rise for the past few hours.
When asked by Lasso if they had control of the prison, he replied: “I want to say yes, but I can’t.” On Tuesday, the governor of Quas province, Pablo Arocemena, said police and tactical forces were “able to restore order.”
Exemption from all prisons in Ecuador “due to severe internal chaos”
The exemption status in the prison system was declared for 60 days “due to serious internal chaos”, Lasso announced. “This exception is based on circumstances that severely affect individuals who have lost their liberty, prison guards, members of the National Police, and especially the right to privacy and the right to life,” the president told a news conference.
He said he was trying to “control the circumstances that changed the functioning of the prison system and (and) re-establish coexistence”.
This Thursday, the Ecuadorian police announced through its verified Twitter account that about 400 agents had entered an intervention and search operation inside the Quas prison.
Police said they were entering the jail to maintain order and ensure the security of the premises.
With information from Gerardo Lemos
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