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    Ecuadorian prison authorities caught three inmates trying to sneak a cache of weapons and explosives into the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil just a day before 68 prisoners were killed and 25 were wounded at the overpopulated jail complex that has been plagued by warring gangs. The shocking discovery was made Friday before dawn when the national police spotted the three detainees on the grounds of the detention facility securing two rifles, five guns and 27 backpacks filled with 50 dynamite sticks, three grenades and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. The bust, according to a prisoner who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, was only a forewarning of the latest rebellion at the troubled penitentiary when the attack to overtake pavilion two was launched late Friday and spilled over into early Saturday. Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio reported three gangs known as the Los Lobos, Las Águilas, Los Tiguerones united with Los Choneros, which controls five pavilions at the prison, in order to try and take over pavilion two following Wednesday's release of Los Tiguerones gang leader Álex Salazar...
    GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — The signs that an attack was imminent inside the largest prison in Ecuador’s coastal city of Guayaquil could not have been clearer. There had been talk among inmates of the Litoral Penitentiary for days that a group was going to attack another. Then, early Friday morning, police arrested three men trying to smuggle two rifles, five handguns, three grenades, sticks of dynamite and hundreds of rounds of ammunition into the lockup. Hours later police announced what the prisoners inside Litoral already knew: The three men detained belonged to a prison gang that was stockpiling weapons. What happened hours later confirmed there were many more weapons already inside. Late Friday, a brutal attack was launched and clashes among rival gangs lasted for hours into early Saturday. When the dust settled and authorities had regained control, they found at least 68 inmates dead and 25 wounded in what was only the most recent massacre in Ecuador’s troubled penitentiary system. So far this year, at least 334 inmates have died in different clashes in the Guayaquil prison,...
    Gang members inside the notorious Ecuadorian jail where 116 died after rival factions went to war with grenades and guns. The high-ranking member of Los Tiguerones blamed boredom for the Tuesday's deadly prison riot at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil - the worst uprising in Ecuador's history. 'We're in a maximum security (jail). We don't have communication with anyone, we do not have a television. We don't have many things.  'What do we do? Evil, kill, sell drugs and many other things.' He told TC Noticias on Wednesday that his gang spends thousands of dollars to smuggle weapons from the outside. 'A gun is worth $2,000. A rifle is worth $5,000,'  he said.  Another high-ranking member of Los Tiguerones, which happens to be linked to Jalisco New Generation Cartel, told TC Noticias that rival members of Los Choneros gang, tied to Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's Sinaloa Cartel, 'are people who have a Pablo Escobar complex, who believe they are an almighty God who give orders to kill by phone.'   The shocking revelations followed the deadliest prison uprising in Ecuador's history which took place Tuesday...
    At least 116 people were killed and 80 were injured Tuesday in an Ecuadorian prison riot that stood witness to five beheadings, said officials in the South American country. The bloodshed at the Litoral penitentiary in Guayaquil is being attributed to competing gangs linked to global drug cartels battling for prison control, authorities said. Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso issued a state of emergency in the national prison system, which permits the government to send troops and armed police to the nation's prisons, according to comments Lasso made Wednesday. CONNECTICUT MAN AND FORMER ARMY RANGER FACES EXTRADITION CONCERNING DUTCH HIT MAN KILLING "It is regrettable that the prisons are being turned into territories for power disputes by criminal gangs," he said. He would act in "absolute firmness" to retake command of the prison and restrict bloodshed from spreading to other prisons, Lasso said. Since the violence began, social media has been filled with images of bodies covering the ninth and 10th pavilions, which officials said more closely resemble a battlefield than a prison facility....
    Authorities in Ecuador worked with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take down a migrant smuggling ring that helped individuals reach the United States. The migrants paid smugglers between $10,000 to $16,000 to be smuggled over the United States-Mexico border, the Ministry of Interior revealed Tuesday. ICE's Homeland Securities Investigations agents provided support in seven raids in the provinces of Azuay, Cañar, and Pichincha that led to the capture of nine alleged members of the smuggling organization. Authorities seized $58,000, 14 cellphones, five computers, and ammunition.  Ecuador security forces review documents during one of the seven raids Tuesday that led to the arrest of nine alleged migrant smugglers in the provinces of Azuay, Cañar, and Pichincha. The network was charging migrants between $10,000 to $16,000 to be moved from Ecuador to El Salvador and Panama before they landed in Mexico and were turned over to smugglers there who moved them into the United States Pictured is some of the $58,000 that Ecuador cops seized from nine members of a migrant smuggling network who were arrested Tuesday An...
    At least two inmates were killed and 11 others injured when riots broke out between two rival gangs at a prison in Ecuador and dozens of detainees tried to escape.   Security forces were able to regain control of the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil on Monday. The prison, the largest in the Pacific coast city, is now being guarded by the military. Video captured inmates scaling over a wall that separated the men's and women's pavilion as shots were reportedly fired by gang members. In total 28 inmates were recaptured and charged with attempting to flee the prison. 'The people who were jailed in pavilions eight and nine came out through the terraces and began to shoot at the inmates in pavilions three and six,' Ecuador police general Fausto Bueñano said in a press conference. A bystander records the moment inmates escaped from the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during a series of jail riots that extended from Saturday to overnight Monday. In all, two prisoners were killed and 11 others were injured. A total of 28 detainees who escaped...
    COLOMBIA left fans in awe after executing an inch-perfect six-step set-piece to score against Ecuador in the Copa America. Los Cafeteros got their Copa campaign underway last night in Cuiaba. #CopaAmérica ????¡Qué gran jugada! Edwin Cardona la empezó y la terminó para el 1-0 de @FCFSeleccionCol ⚽???????? Colombia ???? Ecuador ????????#VibraElContinente #VibraOContinente pic.twitter.com/QH2BlcqfBX— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) June 14, 2021 6Edwin Cardona elected to take the initial free-kick shortCredit: Copa América 6The ball was clipped into the penalty areaCredit: Copa América 6It was then nodded down by Miguel BorjaCredit: Copa América 6Cardona then lashed the ball homeCredit: Copa América And they got their tournament up and running with a bang. Colombia's No10 Edwin Cardona stood over a 42nd minute free-kick around 30 yards out. But rather than whack an effort towards goal, he had something else up his sleeve. After a pair of one-twos, Cardona clipped the ball into the box before rushing into the penalty area himself. Forward Miguel Borja then nodded the ball down to him, his eyes lighting up as he did so. Cardona kept his composure to...
    (CNN)More than a year into the pandemic and as cases resurge in Latin America, two recent elections suggest that popular political views on how to escape the crisis remain deeply polarized -- at a time when cohesion is most needed.South American politics are frequently interconnected, sometimes with shared political trends. Across the region, political and economic reforms are urgently needed due to the dramatic economic impact of the pandemic -- which has disproportionally affected informal and low-income workers who have seen their sources of income all but disappear in the last year. But Peru's and Ecuador's presidential votes this weekend suggest that the road towards a national consensus in either nation is still long and complicated.The election that voters dont want anyone to winPeru's landscape appears split after the first round of voting. Preliminary election results indicate that voters favored candidates on the far ends of the political spectrum, including union leader Pedro Castillo, whose electoral program calls for an embrace of Marxist economic theory, and the security-focused right-winger Keiko Fujimori -- the daughter of disgraced former Peruvian leader Alberto...
    Wheaton College, a Christian college in Wheaton, Illinois, has announced that it will edit a plaque honoring five missionaries who were murdered in Ecuador by a native tribe in 1956. The college has folded under pressure to remove the “dehumanizing” word “savage” to describe the brutal murder of the missionaries. “Wheaton College announced its plan to rephrase dehumanizing wording included on a plaque honoring Christian martyr Jim Elliot and the four missionaries killed by the Waorani people in Ecuador due to ‘pejorative’ language referring to the tribe as ‘savage,'” reports the Christian Post. The plaque read, in part: They chose the jungles of Ecuador — inhabited by the Auca Indians. For generations all strangers were killed by these savage Indians. After many days of patient preparation and devout prayer, the missionaries made the first friendly contact known to history with the Aucas. On January 8, 1956 the five missionaries were brutally slain — martyrs for the love of God. Wheaton President Philip Ryken recently sent a letter to students, faculty, and staff, informing them that some individuals have complained that the language on...
    Ecuadorean authorities discovered a shipment of cocaine worth $19 million inside a Mexican jet that had been apparently abandoned on a private airstrip. The cocaine was in 400 packages - each labeled with a logo, though Ecuador's authorities didn't detail what the logos might mean or to whom they were connected.  Officials also didn't identify the Ecuadorean or Mexican drug trafficking organizations who were allegedly connected to the massive shipment.  National Anti-drug Investigation Agency agents and Air Force servicemen made the shocking finding as part of operation 'Grand Impact 10' on March 2 in the southern province of Santa Elena, according to a National Police of Ecuador statement. The 400 kilos of cocaine were evenly split into 400 packages which were wrapped in plastic. The National Police of Ecuador said that on March  2, security forces assigned to operation 'Grand Impact 10' found a Mexican jet with 400 kilos of cocaine worth $19 million on a private airstrip in the southern province of Santa Elena. No arrests were reported The 400 kilos of cocaine were evenly split into 400...
    The Ecuadorian security forces activated this Tuesday the emergency protocol before a new mutiny in a Guayaquil prison, reported the prison service SNAI. “In the Guayas No.4 Center for the Deprivation of Liberty, protocols are activated in coordination with Penitentiary Security Agents and Ecuadorian Police in the face of a new mutiny,” the brief statement said. For his part, the General Commander of the National Police, Patricio Carrillo, confirmed that “again they report excesses” in that penitentiary. “With the obvious disadvantage compared to the aggressiveness and irrationality of criminal groups, the Police will enter again with the necessary rational force “, announced in a message on social networks. This moment again they report excesses in the penitentiary center in Guayaquil, with the evident disadvantage in front of the aggressiveness and irrationality of the criminal groups, the police will enter again with the necessary rational force, God protect our personnel. – Patricio Carrillo (@CarrilloRosero) February 25, 2021 This Wednesday night, the prison service had not offered even more information about the events in that prison, which on Tuesday was the scene...
    At least 62 inmates died on Tuesday in a series of riots that occurred in three prisons in as many cities in Ecuador, according to the country’s head of Prisons, Edmundo Moncayo, who attributed the riots to quarrels between at least two criminal gangs vying for control from jails. Moncayo, director of the Service of Attention to Persons Deprived of Liberty (SNAI), detailed that 33 prisoners had been confirmed dead in the jail of the city of Basin, another 21 in that of Guayaquil and 8 in that of Cotopaxi, as well as an undetermined number of wounded, since the verifications in the penitentiary centers were still continuing. At a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Quito, Moncayo indicated that the dispute is probably due to the vacuum that was generated between the gangs inside the prisons after the death last December of a prisoner who was released and that, apparently, He ran an organization known as “Los choneros”. José Luis Zambrano, alias Itching, was murdered in the coastal city of Manta shortly after his release, and his death...
    Can you imagine buying an object for just one dollar, that is, 20 pesos, and discovering that it costs more than what you bought it? This happened to a man from Ecuador who discovered that the drawing he bought for one dollar – 20 Mexican pesos – in a market is actually worth a staggering $ 14,000, that is, more than 282,000 Mexican pesos. As you read it: it cost him 20 pesos, but it is worth almost 300 thousand pesos. We tell you its story. Santiago Taute, 39, who currently lives in England, in 2001 bought an A3-size painting in a market in his native Ecuador. The drawing was kept for a long time in a safe with his family in Spain; However, when he moved to the country where he lives today and married a British woman, he asked that all his things be sent to him. So it was, the belongings arrived at his house. Among these was that painting that had cost a dollar. When he showed it to his current wife, he was...
    EFE videos Lasso accepts a new scrutiny “within the framework of the law” in Ecuador Quito, Feb 12 (EFE) .- The conservative Ecuadorian candidate Guillermo Lasso accepted this Friday the request of his rival, the indigenous candidate for the presidency Yaku Pérez, to carry out a new scrutiny of last Sunday’s elections within the “framework of the law “in order to make democracy transparent. “I am the first interested party that transparency prevails, above partisan and personal interests is the well-being of Ecuador,” he said in a meeting with Pérez at the headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Quito, under the supervision of the Mission. Observation of the OAS. The decision and the scope of the recount now depends on the plenary session of the electoral body that will study the case from today and after the Government has established the budget for that purpose. “HISTORICAL DISPOSSESSION” Headed by the president of the CNE, Diana Atamaint, and her four advisers, the meeting, broadcast on television and on the Internet, was opened by Pérez alerting Ecuadorians of the “historical...
    A health clinic in Ecuador has been caught administering fake COVID vaccines to tens of thousands of patients. Quito security chief César Díaz told reporters that the bogus facility had treated at least 70,000 patients who were charged $15 for each of the three doses they were required to take. He said patients were told they would be immune to the deadly virus once they had received all three doses.  Díaz said that Quito health officials do not know what type of formula was injected into each of the patients who were treated at the facility - which has not been identified.  A video that appears to have been recorded by an undercover agent shows Dr. Lucía Peñafiel, who was in charge of the site's operation, not wearing while treating a patient because she claimed she and her staff 'are protected.'  A patient receives treatment at a clandestine clinic that was shut down Tuesday in Quito, Ecuador, where officials discovered that a fake coronavirus vaccine was being administered. As many as 70,000 received three doses of an unknown substance ...
    Ecuador denounced this Tuesday that almost half of the Chinese fishing boats that roam the Galapagos Islands have turned off their tracking systems, which makes it difficult to know where they are. The Ecuadorian Naval Force detected that “149 ships turned off their transponder,” a device that allows knowing the location of the vessels, Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrín said at a press conference. Jarrín added that the fishing fleet, made up mostly of Chinese vessels, went from 260 vessels to 325 since mid-July, when the presence of the vessels near the exclusive economic zone of Galapagos, whose fauna is protected, became known. If the tracking systems are turned off, “it is not possible to continue identifying where they are, who they are or what their data or identification of origin is,” said the minister. Jarrín specified that the vessels remain in international waters and that so far “no ship or fishing vessel has entered the exclusive economic zone” of the archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of the evolution of species. The minister recalled, however, that the fact of...
    NEW YORK.- “The pandemic is not over, but the worst is over. As Ecuadorians we call on the rest of the communities to unite to recover what was requested, the city will rise stronger if we all propose ourselves ”, the one who expressed the above is Osvaldo Guzman, leader of this community that this Monday celebrates its national holiday. He Ecuador commemorates this August 10, 211 years of independence, a commemoration that the Ecuadorian community in the New York metropolitan area traditionally remembers with a series of cultural, sporting and social events through the Ecuadorian Heritage Month. On this occasion, the festivities, due to restrictions by the COVID-19 pandemic, which mainly impose mass acts and social distancing, community leaders have considered that solidarity events, health seminars, empowerment and awareness about the importance of participating in the Census 2020. “We continue in our commitment to ensure the well-being of our community and to always put up the name of Ecuador. The current circumstances have not forced the events to be suspended, but we remain active to help and get ahead...
    Coronavirus — Rafael Lozano insists that the message is the lives that can be saved. The prominent Mexican doctor is director of health systems at the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) of the University of Washington, United States, where they developed a model that predicts what the spread of covid-19 in every country in the world. What is new is that at the end of June the model was updated with three possible scenarios. That is, according to what measures are taken, one can see how many people will become infected or die from the disease caused by the new coronavirus on October 1, the date up to which their projections currently reach. Look at the projections for the covid-19 pandemic by country according to the IHME model here (in English) «The scenarios rather than counting the dead, try to quantify how many lives are saved. That changes the message a lot, “Lozano tells BBC Mundo in a video call from Seattle, in the northwest US. Lozano’s insistence on an optimistic approach makes sense. According to IHME...
    “The scenarios more than counting deaths, try to quantify how many lives are saved. That changes the message a lot,” says Lozano. The prominent Mexican doctor is director of health systems at the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) of the University of Washington, United States, where they developed a model that predicts what the spread of covid-19 in every country in the world. What is new is that at the end of June the model was updated with three possible scenarios. That is, according to what measures are taken, one can see how many people will become infected or die from the disease caused by the new coronavirus on October 1, the date up to which their projections currently reach. Look at the projections for the covid-19 pandemic by country according to the IHME model here (in English) “The scenarios rather than counting the dead, try to quantify how many lives are saved. That changes the message a lot, “Lozano tells BBC Mundo in a video call from Seattle, in the northwest US. Lozano’s insistence on an...
    Ecuadorian epidemiologist said that the pandemic will not end in the near future because, even if a vaccine were found, the virus will remain and find “ideal people to stay.” (Free Press Photo: EFE) This is the opinion of the epidemiologist Catalina Yépez, a former external adviser to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), who explained to Efe that the disease COVID-19 “is not synonymous with death” and that it is a virus that came into the world “probably to stay”. The Ecuadorian expert epidemiologist ruled out that the pandemic will end in the near future because, even if a vaccine is found, the virus will remain and find “ideal people to stay.” “When the vaccine arrives, the burden of the pandemic will drop,” but, like the flu, it will remain present, said Yépez, noting that the low rates of contagion only allow “a respite to the health systems”, which have been seen collapsed in times of greatest pollution. “We are all susceptible to contagion” and people who have symptoms and those who do not can become ill,...
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