AI urges serious inquest into the events at Venezuelan jail
"It is unacceptable that a search that ought to be a routine operation leads to so much violence"
According to the Venezuelan Ministry of Penitentiary Services, the authorities and the National Guard conducted last Friday a search at Uribana jail in an attempt at disarming the inmates. The action resulted in at least 58 people dead and 90 injured, many of them were shot.
"It is unacceptable for a search that should be a regular operation leads to so much violence. This glaringly shows –again- that the crisis of the penitentiary system in Venezuela has reached alarming levels," the communiqué spelled out.
Quite a few times Amnesty International has warned Venezuelan authorities about the urgency to address the jail serious conditions. "Regrettably, insofar as no measures of substance are taken to deal with all the problems associated to the penitentiary system, such events will continue occurring time after time."
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.