Ecuadorian media has reported that a number of armed men stormed the University of Guayaquil in Guayaquil, Ecuador. They stated the men attempted to take several hostages, with no word on how many people may have been taken.
— Las Nuevas de Guayaquil (@NuevasGuayaquil) January 9, 2024
The storming comes amidst a wider wave of unrest after notorious Los Cheneros gang leader Jose “Fito” Macias escaped from a Guayaquil prison yesterday, prompting the Ecuadorian government to declare a state of emergency, and mobilize its military.
Several riots have broken out at at least 6 other prisons across Ecuador, which have seen a number of guards taken hostage. Additionally, several attacks have taken place throughout the country as Ecuadorian police and military search for Macias.