Venezuelan penitentiary conflict timeline
Conflicts in Venezuelan penitentiary El Rodeo (2011) and penitentiary La planta (2012) have been the most controversial. Further irregularities have been recently reported at penitentiaries in the Venezuelan Andean Region.
Sixteen officials were held hostage at prison El Rodeo II, state of Miranda, North Venezuela, by a group of prisoners demanding medical assistance.
May 4, 2011
Talks between inmates from El Rodeo II and the authorities were at a standstill. Head prisoners called upon the presence of the Venezuelan Minister of Interior and Justice to put an end to the hostage situation.
July 5, 2011
On May 4, six hostages were released.
May 6, 2011
Fifteen out of 22 officials, including Luis Aranguren, the director of the local penitentiary, were held hostage for 192 hours.
June 17, 2011
After eight hours of ongoing fights, the authorities took control of El Rodeo I, state of Miranda, North Venezuela, Off the record, 18 people died and 68 were injured.
October 14, 2011
Sixty officials from the area of Minimum Security at prison El Tocuyito, state of Carabobo, North Venezuela, were held as hostages.
October 23, 2011
Twenty five hostages were released at 2:00 am. Negotiations to release the other 26 hostages kept on going.
December 10, 2011
Over 200 families visiting inmate relatives in prison Yare I were trapped in the penitentiary after prisoners took control.
January 14, 2012
The conflict at prisons Yare I and Yare II seemed to be closed to its end. 1,200 inmate relatives who had been held hostage were released on condition that visitors could enter.
Meanwhile the conflict moved on to the so-called prison La Planta, in Caracas, where inmates took control of the penitentiary and kicked out the authorities, including the penitentiary's director and guards. Access to the prison was restrained.
April 30, 2012
Eight months after the massacre in Prisons El Rodeo I and El Rodeo II, inmates' relatives feared an armed conflict between prisoners and authorities as Minister for Penitentiary Services Iris Valera said via her Twitter account that a search inside the prison would be conducted.
May 8, 2012
Ten days after the outbreak of the conflict in penitentiary La Planta, the conflict continued. Fire guns and tear gas used by the authorities affected the numerous inmate relatives gathered outside the penitentiary.
At least 1,600 prisoners remained in the facilities, though.
A nearby resident died during the clash as he was approached by a bullet in the head.
May 17, 2012
Around 8:30 in the evening, a first group of insurgent inmates from penitentiary La Planta were transferred to prisons El Rodeo I and Yare I in the state of Miranda, north Venezuela. Venezuela Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Valera gathered with inmate leaders to agree on the exit of the rest of the prisoners from the penitentiary. The facility is to be shut down as it is too dangerous for nearby residents.
May 18, 2012
Around 9:30 p.m., prison La Planta finally shut down after 1,693 inmates were transferred to penitentiary El Rodeo, State of Miranda, north Venezuela.
May 22, 2012
Nine bodies were found at prison El Rodeo during an inspection conducted by the authorities.
July 3, 2012
Penitentiary Ceprai, located in the state of Merida, west Venezuela, was seized by the authorities after some female inmates had been held as hostages for 11 days. Two officials were injured during the clash.
July 15, 2012
Seventeen people have died and another 43 injured in 25 days of conflict in Penitentiary Ceprai, state of Mérida, west Venezuela where 600 inmates are trying to prevent the authorities from taking control. Six officials were reported dead.
July 20, 2012
Eighty-seven inmates surrendered to the authorities after 31 days in conflict at Penitentiary Ceprai, west Venezuela. At least 20 inmates died during clashes with the authorities. Another 57 prisoners were injured.
August 16, 2012
On Wednesday morning, visitors and officials were held hostage by some prisoners at Penitentiary Santa Ana, state of Táchira, south Venezuela. Off the record, kidnappers demand to be transferred to their local prisons.
August 19, 2012
Forty out of 65 insurgent inmates from Penitentiary Santa Ana, state of Táchira, south Venezuela, surrendered to the authorities. They were pledged to be transferred to their respective local prisons.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.