Venezuelan jail riot

As if things aren’t bad enough in Venezuela at least 29 prisoners have been shot and killed by police in the Centro de Coordinación Policial José Antonio Páez prison, in the city of Acarigua in Venezuela.

Tensions were running high in this prison, which is actually the holding cells of the local police, since around 14 May. The cells are equipped to hold 60 people but reportedly had more than 500 men inside them.

The simmering friction became worse on 23 May when prisoners took hostages from visiting relatives and soldiers then entered the building. There then followed six hours of shooting and explosions before the riot was over.

Rival gangs fighting for dominance amid unbearable conditions, the threat of moving prisoners many miles distance from relatives in a country whose infrastructure is broken…it’s little wonder there are not more of these massacres on a daily basis.