Relatives of La Planta inmates not allowed to talk to the media
A police and military cordon was set up on Thursday morning about 550 yards from La Planta prison, located in El Paraíso neighborhood, southwest Caracas
Relatives of La Planta prison inmates were prohibited to talk with the media because, according to Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Varela, any contact with the press undermines efforts to transfer inmates to other jails and their likely release under procedural benefits.
A police and military cordon was set up on Thursday morning about 550 yards from La Planta prison, located in El Paraíso neighborhood, southwest Caracas.
National Guard troops and National Bolivarian Police officers prevented the media from getting near the prison, southwest Caracas.
Meanwhile, the wives, sisters and mothers of prisoners stand in line to be informed by Venezuelan authorities about the fate of their relatives.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."