Several Inmates Beheaded in Fight Between Drug Gangs

( – The prisons in South and Central America are plagued with problems. Ecuador’s prison system exemplifies the issues many countries are facing. Staff shortages coupled with overcrowding have created a dangerous situation. All of that came to a head in a horrifying prison riot recently.

On September 28, a riot broke out in a Guayaquil prison. According to reports, rival gangs, Los Lobos and Los Choneros, attacked one another at the Litoral Penitentiary. The gang members used guns, knives and grenades to fight. In the mele, inmates beheaded 6 rivals and left at least 23 others dead. The military and local police fought to get the prison under control for more than five hours while families gathered outside to wait for word on their loved ones.

It’s been a deadly year for Ecuadorian prisons. More than 100 people have died in gang wars in the institutions. Authorities believe the clashes are between gangs linked to Mexican cartels, particularly the Jalisco New Generation and Sinaloa (El Chapo’s former cartel) gangs.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Director of Prisons Bolivar Garzón said, “It’s an unfortunate fact that this is happening in our society, in our country.” Hopefully, Garzón will get the problem under control.

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