The transfer to a maximum security penitentiary of Jonathan Bermúdez, leader of the Los Lobos gang and allegedly responsible for the massacre in the Pichincha 1 prison, It was the spark that set off the riot this Friday
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At least ten dead inmates left a new massacre in a prison in Ecuador.
Ten inmates died Friday in a jail in Ecuador's capital in the middle of a confrontationthat erupted after the inmates were transferred to a maximum security penitentiary, reported the body in charge of prisons (SNAI).
After an inspection, the uniformed officers found two other bodies, “so there are ten confirmed deaths” in the Pichincha 1 prison, the SNAI said on its WhatsApp communication channel.
Initially, the entity had reported eight deaths, while the Prosecutor's Office reported nine deaths in the prison, also known as El Inca prison.
“None of them had fire wounds or white weapons, but apparently the cause of death was strangulation,” Police General Víctor Herrera told the press.
Guarded by the military, cars from Forensic Medicine entered the prison to remove the bodies of the inmates who died in the second massacre reported in Quito, a city that until recently had escaped violence inside prisons.
The transfer to a maximum security prison of Jonathan Bermúdez, leader of the Los Lobos gang and allegedly responsible for the massacre in the Pichincha 1 prison, was the spark that triggered the clash this Friday. (EFE)
Since February 2021, there have been a dozen prison massacres with a balance of close to 400 prisoners dead in the once Pacific Ecuador. The worst massacres, with decapitated, dismembered and cremated bodies, have been recorded in the Guayaquil prison complexes.
The last massacre occurred in the Quito prison on November 8, when five inmates were killed.
Herrera, in charge of security in Quito, said that the episode of violence this Friday was “controlled ”.
The transfer to a maximum security prison of Jonathan Bermúdez, leader of the Los Lobos gang and alleged perpetrator of the massacre in the Pichincha 1 prison, was the spark that set off the clash this Friday.
“Members of this criminal organization took violent reprisals” for the relocation of Bermúdez to the La Roca prison, located in the port of Guayaquil (southwest), explained the SNAI in a statement.
Since February 2021, there have been a dozen prison massacres with a balance of nearly 400 prisoners dead in the once-pacific Ecuador. (REUTERS)
Aliases “Sargento”, “Junior” and “Hormiga”, considered by the SNAI as the “presumed masterminds” of the attacks this afternoon, were also relocated to La Roca.
“We warn that we will not be intimidated by drug mafias, now they will have to face the full rigor of the law,” wrote the President Guillermo Lassoon Twitter after the massacre.
The ruler shared a photo of the inmates along with the message “successful intervention”.
Previous transfers of prisoners fueled the massacres, such as the one that occurred last May in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas prison. On that occasion, the relocation of a leader of a rival gang of Los Lobos unleashed a massacre that left 44 dead.
In early November, the government ordered move to 2,400 inmates to other prisons or other cells, sparking the ire of criminal gangs linked to drug trafficking who set off car bombs at gas stations and police stations and led to shootouts.
Previous transfers of prisoners fueled the massacres, such as the one that occurred last May in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas prison. On that occasion, the relocation of a leader of a rival gang of Los Lobos unleashed a massacre that left 44 dead. (AFP)
Eight people, including five uniformed officers, died during the attacks in Guayaquil. This port, a strategic place for the exit of drugs to the United States and Europe, is the most punished by the drug mafia.
On Friday, an inmate identified as Anchundia, leader of the R7 gang, was also transferred to La Roca, whom the authorities accuse of being the responsible for riots in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas prison (center).
“Bermúdez and Anchuncdia are isolated and incommunicado in La Roca, just as we did with the leaders of the Chone Killers,” the Minister of Government, Francisco Jiménez, said on a national television channel., referring to the relocation of other gang leaders.
Jiménez took advantage of his intervention to claim that the Ecuadorian Congress has “repressed more than 30 bills related to the security of Ecuadorians” .
To contain the impact of drug violence, Lasso declared a state of emergency and a curfew in the coastal provinces of Guayas (whose capital is Guayaquil), Esmeraldas (bordering Colombia) and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. (AFP)
Ecuador, located between Colombia and Peru, the largest cocaine producers, faces an increase in violence linked to drug gangs, as well as drug seizures .
In 2021, the country seized a record 210 tons and so far this year seizures have reached 170 tons.
To contain the impact of the violence of drug trafficking, Lasso declared a state of emergency and a curfew in the coastal provinces of Guayas (whose capital is Guayaquil), Esmeraldas (on the border with Colombia) and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas.
(With information from AFP)