Venezuelan Inmates Take 22 Hostages Including Prison Director

Miranda State, Venezuela. Photo: Wilfredo R. Rodríguez H.(CC)

Miranda State, Venezuela. Photo: Wilfredo R. Rodríguez H.(CC)

In an effort to bring attention to the outbreak of tuberculosis in El Rodeo II prison, inmates are holding officials hostage. Prisoners are hoping such actions are a loud enough shout for help to have medical teams sent in to examine them. BBC reports:

Inmates at a jail in Venezuela have taken the prison director and 21 other officials hostage in an effort to draw attention to an alleged tuberculosis outbreak.

The prisoners at El Rodeo II prison in Guatire in Miranda state are demanding a medical team be sent into the jail to deal with the alleged outbreak.

The government denies there is a tuberculosis outbreak.

Officials say they will not negotiate until the inmates release the hostages.

Deputy Interior Minister Edwin Rojas said holding the officials hostage was “not the most adequate way [for the inmates] to proceed to make their grievances known”.

[Continues at BBC News]

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  • MrPINKi

    The prisoners should know better. Let them start to die off, then send someone in to investigate the outbreak. Duh

  • MrPINKi

    The prisoners should know better. Let them start to die off, then send someone in to investigate the outbreak. Duh

    • Diablo

      You really don’t have a clue of how disfunctional, brutal and uncaring  Venezuelan authorities are about things in general, never mind inmate conditions. And if you were one of the infected, would you be willing to die miserably for the unlikely chance it would bring help to others? Duh yourself.

  • Diablo

    You really don’t have a clue of how disfunctional, brutal and uncaring  Venezuelan authorities are about things in general, never mind inmate conditions. And if you were one of the infected, would you be willing to die miserably for the unlikely chance it would bring help to others? Duh yourself.

  • Diablo

    You really don’t have a clue of how disfunctional, brutal and uncaring  Venezuelan authorities are about things in general, never mind inmate conditions. And if you were one of the infected, would you be willing to die miserably for the unlikely chance it would bring help to others? Duh yourself.