The Centers for Deprivation of Liberty (CPL) of Esmeralda, Santo Domingo, El Oro and Cotopaxi registered several incidents on Tuesday, reported the National Service for Comprehensive Care for Adult Persons Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI) of Ecuador.
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The entity said that a crisis committee was formed to deal with the eventualities generated and collect information at a territorial scale to articulate effective actions.
“Simultaneously, the pertinent security protocols are activated with elite groups of the National Police, Armed Forces and personnel from the Security and Penitentiary Surveillance Corps, who carry out appropriate actions to maintain order and internal control of the centers,” he specified. the entity in a statement.
@SNAI_Ec | We inform that the security protocols remain activated and constant monitoring is carried out to follow up on the situation of the Deprivation of Liberty Centers on a national scale. We execute opportune actions to maintain control in the CPL. pic.twitter.com/b2FrEyBMe4
– SNAI Ecuador (@SNAI_Ec)
April 5, 2022
In the Cotopaxi prison in the town of Latacunga, kitchen and maintenance personnel were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon, according to local media reports.
The initial information tells that about 50 inmates went up to the terraces of the prison, but then went down. Four trucks with soldiers and several patrol cars entered the prison and the roads surrounding the compound were closed.
The governor of the city, Oswaldo Coronel, indicated that the authorities moved to the penitentiary center to control the situation.
For his part, the governor of the province of El Oro, Fulton Serrano, explained that during the altercations in the Machala prison, the respective protocols were activated. “Our priority is to guarantee the safety and well-being of officials from the @SNAI_Ec and the #PPL,” he posted on his Twitter account.
In the face of events presented at the Social Rehabilitation Center of the Machala canton, we have activated the action protocols against this type of event. Our priority is to guarantee the safety and well-being of officials of the @SNAI_Ec and the #PPL.@LassoGuillermo pic.twitter.com/6gOfQwNrd3
– Fulton Serrano Gallardo (@FultonSerranoG)
April 5, 2022
Meanwhile, a riot was registered in the Esmeraldas prison. About 150 inmates set fire to a mattress in one of the patios and called the authorities to listen to their requests.
In turn, at the Bellavista rehabilitation center in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, there was another alert for alleged mutiny.
After the events, the director of the SNAI, Pablo Ramírez, stated that, due to the events, those deprived of liberty involved in riots, disturbances of order or if deaths are generated in prisons will be transferred.
On Monday, April 4, five leaders of criminal groups who were in the Turi prison, in Cuenca, were taken to the maximum security prison known as La Roca in Guayaquil. The prisoners would supposedly be related to the massacre of 20 inmates that took place in Turi last Sunday.
The Minister of the Interior, Patricio Carrillo, recognized that these transfers can generate reactions from people deprived of liberty in other penitentiary centers and assured that they will respond firmly to these situations.