Gang Riot Erupts in Venezuela Prison
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 30, 2010, 09:40 AM

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.

As reported by the BBC, “the fighting in the Tocoron prison was triggered by the killing earlier this week of a gang leader, who controlled one area of the jail, Venezuelan newspaper El Universal reported.”

Cops surrounded the prison as explosions and gunfire could be heard inside. Four women, as they waited outside for information about their relatives in prison, were wounded by stray bullets. The families of the prisoners blocked nearby roads in a demonstration to demand information about the fate of their loved ones.

In the first quarter of 2010 alone, Venezuelan Prison Watch, a campaign group, claims that more than 220 inmates died inside Venezuelan prisons.

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