Wednesday, March 28, at the prison, located in the Venezuelan city of Valencia (capital of Carabobo state, in the North of the country), began a riot, during which, under unclear circumstances, there was a fire.
According to official data, 68 people were killed – said on Twitter, the General Prosecutor of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab. Local media report 78 dead and note that the surviving prisoners there, or many of them. Lists of victims, the authorities still do not publish.
The representative of the management of the state of Carabobo poznań’s jeżyce Santander said that the death toll will be clarified in the course of forensic examination.
Near the prison building, surrounded by police, gathered hundreds of relatives of prisoners. Until late in the evening they do not provide any information. To disperse the crowd was dispersed by tear gas.
Currently under investigation is connected to four of the Prosecutor.
In the state of Carabobo mourning.
According to preliminary data, it all began with a riot in the prison, during which the explosion occurred. According to the administration, the prisoners during the riots set fire to the mattresses and started a fire. Perhaps the intention of the arsonists was panic, during which they hoped to escape.
It is known that there are dead and injured among police officers and security guards. In addition, killing two women who came to visits from their relatives.
According to reports in the Venezuelan press, the fire occurred not in prison (although the Western media write about prison), and in the overcrowded detention facility, has a capacity of 60 prisoners.
In many publications on the tragedy in Venezuelan prison it is noted that this kind of institution in this country, not only crowded, but also not frequently monitored security prisoners may be armed, have free access to drugs and alcohol.
According to reports by Reuters, Sky News and the Venezuelan media