Police empty Venezuela riot prison after 61 killed
Published on Jan 28, 2013 5:53 AM
BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AFP) - Security forces regained full control over a prison in north-western Venezuela on Sunday and evacuated inmates after a riot left 61 dead and twice as many wounded.
"The evacuation of prisoners from the Uribana jail has concluded. Now for reconstruction," Prisons Minister Iris Varela announced on Twitter, adding that the last prisoners left quietly "without any resistance."
It took authorities two days to regain control of the entire Uribana penitentiary in Lara state after clashes between prison gangs and guards. Ms Varela said rioters and other inmates were being moved to other jails around the country.
Some inmates shouted from moving buses the names of the jails they were being moved to as worried-looking relatives waved goodbye.
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