OVP: Two dead and about 26 injured in two prison riots this Sunday

At least two prisoners died and 26 more were injured in two riots that took place in two police detention centers in Venezuela, the NGO Observatorio Venezolano de Prisons (OVP) denounced this Sunday.

The riots took place in the Andean state of Mérida and the coastal Monagas, explained the NGO in a statement in which they consider that the two deaths are a “clear reflection of the prison collapse in Venezuela.”

In the case of the Monagas detention center, the riot began at 2.00 (6.00 GMT) this Sunday after an explosion in cell 3, known as “El Rastrillo”, at the Police Coordination Center.

The outbreak put the guard officers on alert, who noted that “there were wounded inmates inside the aforementioned cell, which in turn is surrounded by other cells,” the information added.

The OVP detailed that, at least, 17 prisoners were transferred to the main health center in Monagas, where they corroborated the death of Ronny Samuel Guaratarasma, 20 years old, by the explosion.

Two other inmates remain in a “delicate state of health”, one of whom underwent surgery.

In the case of Mérida, the riot took place at the Police Coordination Center Number 8 of the El Vigía municipality, after a fight over a power struggle between inmates, always according to information from the OVP.

The deceased inmate was identified as Rene Antonio Mendoza Rendirles, 32 years old, who died of a head injury.

During what the observatory also describes as a “riot”, eight people were wounded with a knife and two inmates with a firearm.

The NGO assured that the cells “are critically overcrowded, as in Monagas”, with a total of 150 prisoners in “an extremely small and inadequate area for the treatment of those deprived of liberty.”

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