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Ecuador Declares Emergency In Prisons After Deadly Riots

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Ecuador Declares Emergency In Prisons After Deadly Riots

 

Ecuador on Thursday declared a state of emergency in its prisons after riots left 22 dead and 57 wounded.

The Latin American country has long grappled with prison overcrowding and violence between rival gangs.

Authorities said violence erupted on Wednesday afternoon at the country’s two largest prisons — Litoral Penitentiary in the port city of Guayaquil and the Latacunga prison in the central Cotopaxi region.

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Police contained the rioting and regained control of the two sites after nine officers and 59 inmates were injured, according to officials.

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