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Ecuador links deadly prison riots to transnational crime groups

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ecuadorean officials said on Monday, March 1st, prison riots that left 79 inmates dead last week were linked to organized transnational crime, and said the situation in its penitentiary system remained “tense.”

Last Tuesday’s riots, which left an additional 19 people wounded, were among the bloodiest incidents in the history of the Andean country’s penitentiary system and underscored the problems of overcrowding and underfunding that plagued the system . . .

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