Dozens killed in jail riot — RT World Information

A fireplace broke out in the midst of a riot at Colombia’s Tulua jail, leading to 51 deaths

Some 51 folks have been killed and 30 injured after a hearth broke out throughout a jail riot and escape try at Tulua jail in Colombia on Tuesday morning. The prisoners reportedly set their mattresses on fireplace throughout the affray.

The hearth started in a cell block housing round 200 inmates, Semana, a Colombian information website, reported. After the prisoners had lit their mattresses on fireplace, some tried to flee, whereas others – who’re believed to be linked with gangs – started brawling.

Colombian Minister of Justice Wilson Ruiz Orejuela advised the story barely in another way, stating that the tragedy started as a battle between inmates, one in every of whom set fireplace to a mattress. Orejuela stated that the blaze unfold, and the Tulua fireplace division needed to be known as in to extinguish it. 

It’s unclear what number of inmates perished within the fireplace and what number of died because of the combating.   

As households of the prisoners gathered outdoors the ability to study of the fates of their family members, officers learn out a listing of survivors. All the inmates held in different cell blocks have been described as being “in good situation.”

In accordance with Semana, there have been 1,267 inmates in the whole facility on the time of the tragedy, round 200 greater than the jail was designed to carry.

Colombian President Ivan Duque has known as for an investigation into the incident, whereas President-elect Gustavo Petro known as for a “full rethinking of jail coverage” geared toward defending the “humanization of the jail and the dignity of the prisoner.”

An analogous situation performed out at Bogota’s Modelo Jail in March 2020, when a protest over sanitary circumstances devolved right into a violent riot that killed 23 prisoners and injured greater than 100. 

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