No less than 17 inmates have been killed Friday in a Venezuelan jail riot, army authorities mentioned.
Detainees at Guanare metropolis’s Los Llanos jail staged “a disturbance of public order… leading to 17 deaths and 9 accidents,” in response to a army report.
The military gave no purpose for the riot, stating inmates had attacked jail officers.
Amongst these wounded have been the jail’s director, damage within the again, and a lieutenant injured by shrapnel from a grenade.
“The prisoners are upset that they aren’t allowed visits and they don’t have water or meals,” Carolina Giron of the Venezuelan Jail Observatory (OVP) instructed AFP.
Guests – who usually present meals and medication to inmates – have been banned since March 16 underneath coronavirus quarantine measures.
“The overwhelming majority of the prisoners are malnourished and have tuberculosis,” Giron mentioned, including that the quantity of meals they obtain doesn’t meet their caloric wants.
Venezuela has recorded greater than 300 coronavirus instances and 10 deaths, though the federal government has but to substantiate whether or not any of the infections have been amongst prisoners.
The prisoners’ rights group mentioned the Los Llanos Penitentiary was additionally massively overcrowded.
It was constructed to accommodate 750 inmates however presently holds 2,500, mentioned Giron.
OVP documented 97 deaths in Venezuelan prisons in 2019, 70 per cent of which have been because of well being causes.