Conflict in La Planta prison intensifies
Venezuelan troops and security forces have fired about thirty stun bombs, along with tear gas. The occupation of the prison by military troops and security forces was imminent, sources said
Clashes between military troops and inmates at La Planta prison in Caracas escalated on Thursday morning. Gunfire began at about 7:45 a.m.
A Venezuelan official, who asked not to be named, informed that troops and security forces have fired about thirty stun bombs, along with tear gas.
Additionally, four armored cars were deployed on a highway in front of the prison.
The buildings adjacent to the jail were taken by officials of the National Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin) and members of the Scientific, Criminal and Forensic Investigation Agency (Cicpc), whereas National Guard troops were deployed in the highway.
More than 1,500 military troops and agents were deployed in the area. The occupation of the prison by military troops and security forces was imminent, sources said.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.