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Nazi hand stamps used to mark visitors to Ecuadorean jail

ALTERNATE CROP- In this Sept. 3, 2016, cell phone photo, provided by Maria Isabel Bonilla, shows her arm with prison visitors stamps, one featuring a Nazi Swastika, in Quito, Ecuador. Security guards at the prison were marking visitors with the stamps featuring the emblem of the Nazi Party with an eagle atop a Swastika and the year 1939. Bonilla who's husband is an inmate at the prison posted the photo on twitter causing an immediate uproar, with Ecuador’s government immediately condemning the practice. (Maria Isabel Bonilla via AP)

ALTERNATE CROP- In this Sept. 3, 2016, cell phone photo, provided by Maria Isabel Bonilla, shows her arm with prison visitors stamps, one featuring a Nazi Swastika, in Quito, Ecuador. Security guards at the prison were marking visitors with the stamps featuring the emblem of the Nazi Party with an eagle atop a Swastika and the year 1939. Bonilla who's husband is an inmate at the prison posted the photo on twitter causing an immediate uproar, with Ecuador’s government immediately condemning the practice. (Maria Isabel Bonilla via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A prison warden in Ecuador is in hot water after it was discovered that security guards were marking visitors to the penitentiary with hand stamps featuring the Nazi swastika.

Ecuador's government on Thursday immediately condemned the practice after photos of the hand stamps appeared on social media and caused an immediate uproar.

The Justice Ministry in a statement said the warden of the prison in the capital Quito had been disciplined for negligence and the head of security fired for using a symbol associated with the Holocaust.

The stamps featured the emblem of the Nazi Party with an eagle atop a swastika and the year 1939.