Connect with us
Slider

us news

Prisoners clash in Ecuadorian prisons; 79 deaths

Published

on

The number of inmates killed in riots at three separate prisons in Ecuador this week has increased to 79, authorities said on Wednesday, after they regained control of the facilities.

Hundreds of police officers and military personnel were deployed after coordinated fights between rival gangs broke out in the prisons’ maximum-security wings on Monday night.

Authorities said the gangs began a battle for leadership within the prison system in December when a leader of Los Choneros, considered the most powerful gang, was killed in a shopping centre several months after being released.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said Tuesday was a “tragic day for the country” – as dozens of prisoners were first reported dead – and blamed overpopulation within the prison system, as well as a lack of personnel and resources, for the violence.

In earlier messages, he expressed his condolences to the families of those killed and pledged to hold those responsible accountable.

“What happened yesterday was no coincidence,” Moreno said in a video posted on Twitter. “It was organised from outside the prison, orchestrated by those who are in dispute over leadership and drug trafficking across our national territory.”

The national agency responsible for the prisons (SNAI) said 37 inmates were killed in the Pacific coast city of Guayaquil. Thirty-four others were killed in Cuenca, Ecuador’s third-largest city and eight were killed in the central city of Latacunga.

The detention facilities where the riots took place account for 70 percent of the country’s prison population.

On Tuesday, television footage showed some prisoners jumping from high walls and others forcing open prison doors but police and the military stopped them.

SNAI said all those killed during the rioting were prisoners.

“Thanks to the actions carried out between this institution and the National Police, the situation … is under control,” the agency said in a statement.

Police said inmates in two prisons in Guayaquil tried to continue fighting on Wednesday, but at least 400 officers reinforced security there.

Moreno declared a state of emergency in Ecuador’s prison system in 2019 after at least 24 were killed in a wave of incidents.
According to the office of Ecuador’s human rights ombudsman, 103 inmates were killed in prisons in 2020.

United Nations representatives have called for “a prompt and impartial investigation” into this week’s deadly riots, as well as “corresponding sanction to those responsible”.

The prisons’ maximum-security areas primarily house inmates linked to killings, drug trafficking, extortion and other serious crimes.

In order to reduce prisoner numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government commuted the sentences of people convicted of minor offences to reduce overcrowding.

But Ecuador’s prison system, whose facilities were designed for some 27,000 inmates, still house about 38,000 people despite the reduction.

On Wednesday, relatives of the inmates continued to gather outside the prisons hoping for information about their loved ones.
Digna Pacho, 63, said she had travelled 14 hours by bus to fetch the remains of her son Jacson, whom she called “Nato”.

Pacho said she wanted to bury her son, who was serving a 35-year prison sentence, in her hometown of Esmeraldas, in the country’s north.

“I just want them to give me Jacson’s body and I’ll go back to Esmeraldas.”

us news

Bus accident in Peru; 20 were killed and 14 were injured

Published

on

Peru: At least 20 people were killed and 14 others injured in Peru after an interprovincial bus skidded and overturned in Sihuas province in the northern Ancash region, authorities said on Monday.

According to the Parobamba district municipality on its Facebook page, the “accident left 18 people dead on the spot, with two more dying while being transferred.”

The accident occurred at about 7:00 am local time on Monday in the Palo Seco area, when the bus, from the “Fama Tours SA” transport company, skidded and overturned.

It was returning from the areas of Huanchayllo and Parobamba and heading to Chimbote and Lima, after the passengers had voted in the general elections on Sunday, a local radio station reported.

Peru’s transport authorities said in a statement that it “has activated all intervention protocols to gather information related to the accident for determining appropriate measures.”

Continue Reading

us news

‘The Science of Compliance’: Pastor Responds to Police Barricade of GraceLife Church

Published

on

“They are not interested in the science called virology. It is more like the science of compliance.”

Pastor Doug Wilson of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, took to his blog this morning to respond to the show of force against GraceLife Church in Canada.

Wilson, who became more widely known after his series of high profile debates with famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, in which Wilson offered stiff competition and a steady stream of witty comebacks.

Wilson’s piece, titled ‘Putting on Our Coates Coats’ confronts the disturbing news that spread across social media last week.
Coates recently served over a month in jail, only to be released and see his GraceLife Church building surrounded by fencing put up by the government. They were shut down, resulting in protests and an even larger police response.

Wilson argued that “ideas have consequences” and highlighted the differences between worldviews.

People act the way they do for reasons. As Richard Weaver taught us, ideas have consequences.

If you believe in God, if you think that the cosmos was created from nothing, if you believe that mankind was created in the image of God, then it is possible for you to believe that we have rights. And by rights, I do not mean privileges, but rather actual rights. These rights cannot be revoked by bureaucratic fiat, they cannot be abridged by executive order, and they cannot be adjusted or trimmed by the winners of elections, stolen or otherwise.

But if you don’t believe in God, if you believe that this material universe is a meaningless concourse of atoms, if you believe that life originated all by itself accidentally in a primordial goo-pond somewhere, and that we are simply simians that learned to shave, then it follows of necessity that we do not have any rights at all. We are nothing more than meat and bones and protoplasm.

Wilson said “the real travesty” occurs when followers of God go along with “the dictates of those who affirm the second scenario” and shouldn’t leave us surprised when a pastor like Coates stands up and “acts like a real pastor.”

He went on to argue that “flat refusal to cooperate” is the only way out.

“We have no business appealing to their god with any hope of getting the kind of determination that we would get if we were appealing to our God,” Wilson said.

“You can’t gather figs from thistles. You can’t get sweet water from a brackish spring. You know. You can’t order a Whopper at MacDonalds. You will not get Christian blessings from pagan gods.“
Siurces:faithwire

Continue Reading

Subscribe

Enter your email address

Featured

us news13 hours ago

Bus accident in Peru; 20 were killed and 14 were injured

Peru: At least 20 people were killed and 14 others injured in Peru after an interprovincial bus skidded and overturned...

Health13 hours ago

ആരോഗ്യമുള്ള ശരീരം മാത്രമല്ല ചർമ സംരക്ഷണത്തിനും മാതളനാരങ്ങ ഉത്തമം

ആരോഗ്യമുള്ള ശരീരത്തിനും ചർമ സംരക്ഷണത്തിനും ഉത്തമമാണ് മാതളനാരങ്ങ. രക്തത്തിലെ ഹീമോഗ്ലോബിന്റെ അളവ് വർധിക്കാൻ മാതളനാരങ്ങ ഭക്ഷണത്തിൽ ഉൾപ്പെടുത്തണമെന്ന് ഡോക്ടർമാർ നിർദേശിക്കാറുണ്ട്. എന്നാൽ ഇവ സൗന്ദര്യസംരക്ഷണത്തിന് എങ്ങനെ ഉപകാരപ്പെടുമെന്ന്...

Media13 hours ago

പുതുക്കിയ വെള്ളക്കര വര്‍ധന പ്രാബല്യത്തില്‍; നിരക്കില്‍ അഞ്ചു ശതമാനം വര്‍ധന

തിരുവനന്തപുരം : നിയമസഭാ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിന് മുമ്പ് സംസ്ഥാന സർക്കാർ പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ച വെള്ളക്കര വർധന പ്രാബല്യത്തിൽ. ഏപ്രിൽ ഒന്ന് മുതലുള്ള അടിസ്ഥാന കുടിവെള്ള നിരക്കിൽ അഞ്ചു ശതമാനം വർധന...

us news14 hours ago

‘The Science of Compliance’: Pastor Responds to Police Barricade of GraceLife Church

“They are not interested in the science called virology. It is more like the science of compliance.” Pastor Doug Wilson...

Media2 days ago

പതിനാറ് രാജ്യങ്ങളിൽ ഇഫ്താർ വിതരണം നടത്താനൊരുങ്ങി സൗദി അറേബ്യ

റിയാദ്: പതിനാറ് രാജ്യങ്ങളില്‍ ഇഫ്താര്‍ വിതരണം നടത്തുന്ന പദ്ധതിക്ക് തുടക്കം കുറിക്കാനൊരുങ്ങി സൗദി അറേബ്യ. കൊവിഡ് പ്രതിരോധ, മുന്‍കരുതല്‍ നടപടികള്‍ പാലിച്ച് സൗദി 16 രാജ്യങ്ങളില്‍ ഇഫ്താര്‍...

us news2 days ago

One Christian Killed, Four Kidnapped in Nigeria

Nigeria– A bus driver was killed and four female members of an Anglican Church abducted while driving along Kaduna-Kachia road...

Trending