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‘We are all suffering’: What’s going on inside Ecuador’s prisons? (Kimberley Brown, Al Jazeera)

More than 300 people have been killed inside Ecuador’s prisons so far this year, as a series of violent riots between rival gangs left officials scrambling to find ways to end the bloodshed.

The latest riot took place last week behind the cement walls of Penitenciaria del Litoral, a facility in the coastal city of Guayaquil, a little more than a month after 119 people – all inmates – were killed in the same facility in what was the country’s deadliest prison massacre on record.

‘We are all suffering’: What’s going on inside Ecuador’s prisons? | Prison News | Al Jazeera

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Ecuador president calls for dialogue with Indigenous protesters (Al Jazeera)

Indigenous and rural Ecuadorans have blocked roads in several provinces on the second day of protests against rising fuel prices amid a state of emergency as the president called for dialogue.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso, a conservative ex-banker who took office in May, on Wednesday said his government would keep security forces on highways to maintain order.

Ecuador president calls for dialogue with Indigenous protesters | Protests News | Al Jazeera

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Ecuador president declares state of emergency over drug violence (Al Jazeera)

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency as the country grapples with a surge in drug-related violence, and ordered the police and military onto the streets.

“Starting immediately, our armed forces and police will be felt with force in the streets because we are decreeing a state of emergency throughout the national territory,” Lasso said in a speech on Monday broadcast by the state channel EcuadorTV.

Ecuador president declares state of emergency over drug violence | Politics News | Al Jazeera