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Weekly Report - 18 November 2021 (WR-21-46)

ECUADOR: Lasso clashes with constitutional court after latest prison massacre

Yet another prison massacre rocked the Penitenciaría del Litoral, the main prison in Guayaquil (Guayas province) on 12 November, leaving 68 inmates dead and triggering a public spat between President Guillermo Lasso and the constitutional court (CC). The violence was the latest in a string of massacres in Ecuador’s penal system, of which the Guayaquil prison has borne the brunt. Lasso accused the CC of watering down a state of exception that he had declared on 18 October in response to mounting violence; the CC retorted that Ecuador’s prison crisis requires structural reform rather than repeated states of exception.

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