New massacre reflects the spiral of violence and crisis in Ecuador’s prisons

The massacre, like others already registered in the country, has been full of cruelty, with inmates decapitated or mutilated in macabre images that have circulated on social networks.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A new massacre was recorded this Monday at Prison Number 1 in the tropical city of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, in north-central Ecuador, with 13 inmates killed and two injured, bringing the death toll to more than 400 since 2020 in the country's prison system.

If in 2020 there were 46 prisoners killed in bloody clashes between rival gangs that dispute internal control of the prisons, the figure skyrocketed in 2021 to reach 316, while in this 2022 they already add up to about 80.

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