THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

28 inmates killed in Mexico prison riot

MEXICO: Rioting inmates at a Mexican prison slit their rivals’ throats and beat them to death yesterday (July 6), leaving 28 dead in the latest explosion of violence in the country’s often lawless jails.

crimedeathdrugsmilitarypolicemurderviolence
By AFP

Friday 7 July 2017, 09:35AM


Relatives of inmates struggle with riot policemen outside of Las Cruces prison in Acapulco, Guerrero state following a riot between prisoners which left 28 dead and three wounded. Photo: AFP

Relatives of inmates struggle with riot policemen outside of Las Cruces prison in Acapulco, Guerrero state following a riot between prisoners which left 28 dead and three wounded. Photo: AFP

Bodies were found strewn around the maximum-security wing, the kitchen, a prison yard and a conjugal visits area after the pre-dawn riot at the Las Cruces federal prison in Acapulco, said the security spokesman for the state of Guerrero.

“The incident was triggered by an ongoing feud between rival groups within the prison,” the spokesman, Roberto Alvarez, told a press conference.

It was the latest deadly riot in Mexico’s chronically overcrowded prisons, where corruption abounds, inmates often have de facto control, and contraband weapons and drugs are rife.

The Guerrero governor has ordered an investigation of all prison staff, Alvarez said. State police have temporarily taken control of the prison, backed by federal police and the army, which set up a security cordon outside.

Officials initially gave a death toll of five and indicated the riot was limited to the maximum-security wing. But the toll soared as police searched the rest of the prison.

Three more inmates were wounded in the violence, Alvarez said.

Guards said some of the victims had their throats slit, according to an internal state police report. It also said gunshots had been fired in the maximum-security wing, apparently by prisoners.

There was a heavy security presence outside the prison, with soldiers and riot police encircling the compound and two helicopters hovering overhead.

Dozens of anxious relatives had gathered, demanding news on their loved ones. Some shouted at police and tried to force their way through the wall of officers’ shields.

This was Mexico’s deadliest prison violence since 49 inmates were killed in February 2016 in a riot at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, in the northeast.

Mexico’s prisons are frequently hit by riots, killings and jailbreaks. This year has already seen shoot-outs, fires and the escape of 29 inmates in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

That is the same state where seven people were killed, including three police, when officers stormed the Ciudad Victoria prison in June to regain control from prisoners who had been stockpiling guns.

In March, the son of Juan Jose Esparragoza, a founder of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, escaped from prison in Sinaloa, the northwestern state that is the cartel’s home base.

And the cartel’s kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has made two spectacular prison escapes, one in 2001 and another in 2015. Recaptured in 2016, he was extradited last January to the United States, where he is being held in solitary confinement.

Experts say organised crime networks often operate from inside Mexican prisons with the complicity of corrupt officials.

After the Monterrey riot last year, authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen TVs inside, highlighting the control drug cartels had over the prison.

Acapulco, a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, has been hit by grisly violence between rival drug cartels in recent years.

It is just one of the hotspots in Mexico’s war on drugs.

The country has seen a wave of bloodshed in the past decade that has left more than 200,000 people dead or missing as drug cartels wage war on each other and Mexican security forces.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Opinion: Recalibrating the retirement visa

I would bet most of the runners are tourists, not retirees....(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Recalibrating the retirement visa

“Dr Nutthawut also plainly pointed out that the government is looking to unload the burden of foot...(Read More)


Phuket Marine Office to destroy abandoned Chinese fishing boats

A great idea I read here from BenPendejo! Removal of hazardous/polluting stuff, and sink them somewh...(Read More)


Baby Jumbo is dead

Total disregard for the animals in their care. Many abused drugged animals for ‘use’ by tourists...(Read More)


Cabinet approves mandatory health insurance for long-stay visas

So it is the pesky long stay foreigners cheating the hospitals. Go to private hospital and you have...(Read More)


Phuket elephant rides in the sea given all clear

These DLD guys are useless idiots. How many times have we heard about them visiting that horrible Zo...(Read More)


Phuket Marine Office to destroy abandoned Chinese fishing boats

Oh boy. Let's see how this turns out. I guess some locals decided they want a few parts. I'm...(Read More)


Baby Jumbo is dead

They created a "special area" for him to recover. The idiots didn't think that a mud h...(Read More)


Baby Jumbo is dead

Third World Country's like Thailand should not have the right to have a Zoo they don't unde...(Read More)


Phuket elephant rides in the sea given all clear

Do they understand that the tide moves in and out? That the elephants will be trampling different ar...(Read More)