Gang Riot Erupts in Venezuela Prison

Tom McGregor
Sep 30, 2010
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela contends that his socialist politics can bring about peace and harmony to his nation. But, his ‘hug-a-thug’ judicial system is literally showing that ‘the inmates are running the asylum,’ since prisoners have easy-access to semi-automatic weapons and hand grenades.

According to the BBC News, “a fight between rival gangs in a prison in Venezuela has left at least 10 prisoners dead, reports say. Inmates used automatic weapons and hand grenades in an eight-hour battle for control of Tocoron prison in Araguo state, Venezuelan media reported.”

President Chavez has provided no official statement on the violence, even though he regularly gives 8-hour-long speeches, which are broadcast live on his government-controlled TV stations.

The families of prisoners are demanding information from government officials. The country is plagued by increasing levels of violent crime and bloodshed is rampant in overcrowded jails.

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