Another savage massacre in this prison in Latin America

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Ecuador’s Interior Minister, Patricio Carrillo, reported on Tuesday that work is being done to identify the “dismembered” bodies from the recent massacre in a prison in the Andean country.

The riot occurred in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas prison, 70 kilometers southwest of the Ecuadorian capital, and is added to other more lethal ones that have occurred in recent times.

On his Twitter account, Carrillo stated that technical eye inspection teams lifted 45 human pieces in that prison and preliminarily estimated that there would be 12 corpses and not 13, as initially reported. He added that forensic anthropologists and medical examiners travel to perform autopsies on “dismembered” bodies.

The authorities said the day before that two other inmates were injured in the riot and that the intervention of tactical teams from the police and armed forces managed to control it.

Ecuador has suffered several deadly prison riots in recent times.

Luis Ángel Saavedra, director of the NGO Regional Foundation for Human Rights Advisory, considers that the State has lost control of the prisons and questioned the approach it gives to its prison security policy. He believes that the authorities have implemented more of a police and military vision in the matter.

Saavedra pointed out that ways should be sought for “negotiation, the provision of services; regain control based on dialogue, because the prisoners and the mafias have control of the prisons.”

The Service for Attention to Persons Deprived of Liberty had initially indicated that in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas prison there would have been a fight between prisoners, but images and videos circulated on social networks showing dismembered bodies of alleged inmates in the middle of puddles of blood.

On May 9, another riot was recorded inside the same detention center, with a balance of 44 dead inmates. After the confrontation, the authorities said they found firearms, explosives and other devices.

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