With torture of pain and anger, dozens of families assembled in front of a morgue in the town of Venezuela of Acarigua after the death of 29 inmates in a riot at the jail or police station.50-year-old Zuleyma Ponte told media, “it seemed there was a massacre of these children in the police station ”. He said, “ my son was killed. Whose fault is it? It’s the lack of supervision, the lack of serious government”.
After the special forces of police come between to prevent a “massive prison break”, the deaths happened as per to Oscar Valero, the public security secretary for Portuguesa state. The prisoners accepted the officers along with “a hail of gunfire” while exploding three grenades which injured 19 police according to the report of Valero.
As the clash fumed, the family members at a nearby station said they came to know about the shouting of the detainees, “don’t let us ”.
A 34-year-old teacher whose 24 year -old brother died in the violence, Aliris Perez said, “ what we are asking for is, please, just give us our boys. They’re not coming back, so give their bodies to their families and investigate those responsible”
Perez who was familiar to the station while the riot happened, said he heard multiple explosions as “many authorities ” reached the site.
The leader of a prisoner rights NGO, Carlos Nieto, said the clashes spread out while special forces ventured to rescue the visitors who had been taken detainee by the leader of the inmates. An official of the National Service of Medicine and Forensic Sciences told VPI media that work in the morgue was detained as they halted for supplies from the capital Caracas, about 350 kilometers to the east.
The anonymous official said, “they’re sending us supplies, gloves, gowns, autopsy boots, and scalpels, all of which we didn’t have ”.
Eight autopsies have been carried out already according to the official. Overcrowd and violence is very common in around 500 preventative custody centers in Venezuela. According to penal codes, defendants should not spend more than 48 hours in those centers, but in practice, they operate like prisons, and it is often not clear who is accountable for them.