In reaction to prisoner transfers from overcrowded and dangerous prisons, at least five Ecuadorean police officers were killed on Tuesday in explosive attacks. This prompted President Guillermo Lasso to announce a state of emergency in two districts.
Conservative Lasso has frequently claimed that drug gang revenge for his government’s efforts to stop the trade is to blame for violence, including that which occurs within jails.
According to Lasso, “What transpired in Guayaquil and Esmeraldas between yesterday night and today plainly demonstrates the bounds that the trans-national organized crime is willing to transgress.” “They are reacting violently because we are doing actions that worry them.”
In Guayas and Esmeraldas provinces, where security personnel will step up operations and a curfew will go into effect at 9 p.m., he announced a state of emergency. time zone.
In an effort to stop violence, Lasso, who postponed a personal trip to the United States in response to the attacks, has used emergency declarations numerous times.
Following discussions, the officers were freed, according to the SNAI prisons agency.
Since late 2020, jail violence has increased dramatically and at least 400 people have died as a result. Ecuador’s prison system has had fundamental issues for decades.
The most dangerous jail in Ecuador, Penitenciaria in Guayaquil, has relocated 515 inmates to other facilities across the nation, according to SNAI.
According to the statement, the transfers are intended to ease prison population safety concerns and alleviate congestion.