At least 10 prisoners died in a mutiny at a prison in Ecuador. The riots in the "El Inca" prison in the capital Quito broke out after a powerful boss of the Los Lobos gang was transferred to another prison, the prison administration said yesterday. Special police and military units then entered the prison to bring the situation back under control.
As in other Latin American countries, prisons in Ecuador are overcrowded. Many prisons are controlled by crime syndicates. Often the security forces only ensure that the prisoners stay in the prisons. Within the walls they are largely left to their own devices.