Clash Kills at Least 16 at Prison in Venezuela

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 08:43 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

CARACAS, Venezuela —  A clash between gangs killed at least 16 inmates at a Venezuelan prison in the latest bloodshed to afflict the notoriously over-crowded penal system, the government said on Tuesday.

The government says weapons smuggling by corrupt guards has allowed heavily armed inmates effectively to control some facilities. Venezuela's prisons hold three times as many inmates as they were designed for, and gun battles are common.

But the death toll from the violence which broke out on Monday between two groups of detainees at the Sabaneta prison, in the western city of Maracaibo, was higher than usual.

"It's deplorable that there are still some people who don't even have the smallest respect for life," Prisons Minister Iris Varela told reporters.

"They were planning an internal war [in Sabaneta] . . . and now they're acting like nothing happened," she said, referring to "mafias" running lucrative illicit business in the prison.

In Venezuela's worst prison incident in recent years, riots killed at least 58 people in January at the Uribana prison near Barquisimeto city in the southwest of the country.

The nation's 34 mostly run-down prisons were designed for about a third of the 50,000 inmates they now hold, according to local prison advocacy groups. Many of the prisoners are armed, and hundreds are killed each year in riots and shootouts.

A month-long siege took place in 2011 at El Rodeo prison, just outside the capital Caracas, when 22 inmates died before some 5,000 soldiers were able to restore order.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Cuban Doctors, Nurses Head to West Africa to Help in Ebola Fight

Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 08:44 AM

Cuban President Raul Castro has dispatched the first group of 165 Cuban doctors and nurses to West Africa to help combat . . .

Honduras Leader: Drug Cartels as 'Aggressive' as Jihadists

Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 07:29 AM

Drug cartels are as aggressive , and cause as much destruction, as jihadist groups like Islamic State, the president of . . .

Young 'Chavista' Lawmaker Killed in Venezuela

Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 07:03 AM

A Chavista ruling party lawmaker was killed on Wednesday in Venezuela's latest high-profile violent crime.
Robert . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved