Inmates shot to death on the softball pitch
Venezuelan Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Varela reported that one visitor and 24 inmates were killed during the battle that lasted four hours. At least 43 were taken to local hospitals. Nine of them are seriously injured, according to the minister.
"Some of the bodies could not be recognized because they were shot point-blank. Only 17 out of the 25 casualties have been identified," Varela specified on Monday afternoon.
Concomitantly with the peace-making meeting between the gangs, a sports event was being held to celebrate the deal.
According to relatives, the members of a softball team shot their counterparts as soon as the struggle began. "Those from La Torre were better trained because they are former police agents and military officers," Josefina Pérez, a witness, explained.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
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."