© Reuters. Men deal with a casket in the again of a pickup truck as individuals collect outdoors the judicial police station after prisoners have been killed and injured on the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, in Guayaquil, Ecuador November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos
(*68*)By Alexandra Valencia and Yury Garcia
(*68*)QUITO/GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) – Ecuador’s authorities mentioned on Sunday it was shifting forward with identifying the bodies of 68 individuals killed the day earlier than throughout violence on the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison.
(*68*)The nation’s prison system has come underneath a highlight for overcrowding, poor dwelling situations for inmates, and violence the federal government blames on gang rivalries.
(*68*)The penitentiary, in the southern metropolis of Guayaquil, is identical prison the place 119 inmates have been killed in September in the nation’s worst incident of prison violence in latest historical past.
(*68*)”Thirty-four bodies have been identified already … forensics continues working on the identification of the other dead,” the workplace of President Guillermo Lasso mentioned in a press release, including stays can be returned to households in the approaching hours.
(*68*)Twenty-five individuals have been injured.
(*68*)Dozens of members of the family gathered outdoors the police morgue on Sunday looking for info or ready to retrieve bodies.
(*68*)”The state is responsible for this massacre. Every day our sons and brothers die in the prisons,” mentioned Nestor Soriano, 56, as he appeared for information of his son, who’s serving a six-year sentence. “There are no (safety) guarantees for him. They think to return him to me in a box. I don’t want that.”
(*68*)In September, Lasso declared a 60-day state of emergency in the prison system, releasing up authorities funding and permitting for restricted army help.
(*68*)The authorities mentioned it met with human rights teams, the Catholic Church and United Nations employees to “coordinate cooperation in the pacification process.”
(*68*)Lasso has known as on the constitutional court docket to let the army enter prisons, as a substitute of offering solely outdoors safety. The court docket has mentioned an answer to the prison disaster would require greater than non permanent emergency measures.
(*68*)The nation’s 36 detention facilities – which home some 39,000 individuals – have been all underneath management on Sunday, the SNAI prison authority mentioned on Twitter (NYSE:).