Inmates in La Planta prison had enough ammo for a month
Venezuelan authorities have not said if an investigation into National Guard troops will be launched
Minister of Penitentiary Affairs Iris Varela told state-run TV network VTV on Saturday night that during the first inspection carried out in La Planta prison "an overwhelming amount" of 9 mm and 7.65 mm bullets were found.
However, the minister did not specify the amount of ammunitions and the type of weapons found during the first inspection of the prison, after the standoff in La Planta jail ended last week. A group of explosive experts of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin) inspected the prison and sources of the Ministry of Penitentiary Affairs said that the supply of ammunition was sufficient to wage a "war" for a month.
The sources said that the amount of ammunition was similar to the ammo regularly available in an Army battalion. A small amount of C-4 plastic explosive was allegedly found as well.
However, neither official nor unofficial sources said whether authorities would launch an investigation into the National Guard troops who worked in La Planta prison.
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."