Video Shows Bodies On Prison Floor As Riot Left 47 Dead

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorMichael LeidigAgencyNewsflash

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This shocking footage shows dead bodies littering the floor of a Venezuelan prison where a riot left 47 people dead and over 70 injured.

The riot took place at the Los Llanos prison in the city of Guanare in the western Venezuelan state of Portuguesa and 47 inmates have been confirmed dead with the fatalities expected to rise due to the high number of injured.

Local media said that 75 people were injured, including a guard and the prison warden who suffered knife wounds.

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According to congresswoman Maria Beatriz Martinez, the riot took place after prisoners insisted that the prison authorities allow their relatives to bring in food.

The situation reportedly led to three violent confrontations between inmates and prison workers.

Prison service minister Iris Varela confirmed that a group of inmates attacked guards and that the warden suffered knife wounds during the riot.

The human rights group Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones (OVP), who monitors the conditions in Venezuelan prisons, claimed that the prison is overcrowded with 2,500 inmates in a facility that should hold a maximum of 750.

Reports said that family members identified the 47 victims through images on a computer screen.

The seriously injured have been transferred to the Hospital Dr. Miguel Oraa while the dead bodies were taken to a makeshift morgue near the prison, according to local media.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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