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16 Injured in Violence at Prison in Ecuador

QUITO – At least six inmates and 10 guards were injured when police moved in to keep prisoners from rioting at the Centro de Rehabilitacion Numero Uno, the main penitentiary in Ecuador’s capital, a prison spokesman said.

The protest at the prison in west-central Quito started Wednesday afternoon just as visiting hours were ending, a prison spokesman told Efe.

Inmates made a number of demands, including calling for an end to overcrowding, and presented proposals for the Criminal Code reform being debated by the National Assembly.

Prisoners were planning to occupy sections of the penitentiary, including the central pavilion, and attempted to start a fire, police said.

Police and guards used water hoses to snuff out the protests and the fire, officers said.

“Six inmates and 10 police officers were injured” in the incident, an emergency services official told Efe.

One person was shot in the shoulder and the others all sustained minor injuries, the emergency services official said.

“The injured are all in stable condition” at different hospitals, the emergency services official said. EFE
 

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