At Least 68 Dead in Latest Ecuador Prison Riots (VIDEO)

At Least 68 Dead in Latest Ecuador Prison Riots (VIDEO)

At least 68 inmates are dead after riots erupted in a prison in Ecuador on Saturday.

Saturday’s 8-hour long battle inside the Litoral Penitentiary between rival gangs is the latest cycle of violence to hit one of Ecuador’s prisons.

In September, 119 people were killed in a one of Ecuador’s worst prison massacres ever.

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Inmates “tried to dynamite a wall to get into pavilion 2 to carry out a massacre. They also burned mattresses to try to to drown (their rivals) in smoke,” said Gov. Pablo Arosemena of Guayas province where Guayaquil is located.

“We are fighting against drug trafficking,” Arosemena said. “It is very hard.”

According to reports, inmates were armed with guns and explosives.

Some unconfirmed reports claim inmates also had machetes

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