Sunday 19 December 2010
Santiago, Chile - Serious incidents inside the ex-Penitentiary
17 Dec 2010 - Inside the Santiago Penitentiary former, there have been serious incidents between prisoners and the gendarmes after an exhaustive review of the cells.
According to figures released by the Prison, riots left 54 prisoners and 12 troops injured, but according to the prisoners the figure is much higher among prisoners alone there are over one hundred wounded.
The information contradicts that delivered this morning by the Minister of Justice, who stated that there were 60 police injured controlling the unrest, without referring to the prisoners.
One of the prisoners, through a telephone conversation, said the biggest problems are found in the gallery number 8, where there would be 15 serious injuries that have cuts and dog bites on their faces, also said that several people would have lost blood as a result of injuries and that some lost consciousness. He also said that several of his comrades had begun a hunger strike.
The incidents in the ex Penitentiary began yesterday afternoon when Gendarmerie sent about 350 prisoners of the towers 10 and 8 to the gymnasium as they had decided to inspect the cells .
During the riots there were fires, barricades were erected and the prison antiriot squad were present.
There are various versions about what happened yesterday afternoon. Just at 22:30 order was restored, while more than 200 relatives of the prisoners were demonstrating outside the prison walls.
Posted by sysiphus at 16:19