Minister: All inmates slain at Venezuelan jail are identified
Minister of Penitentiary Affairs Iris Valera insisted that mass media roiled prisoners before they clashed with guards
Varela pointed out that 106 firearms and 8,562 rounds of ammunitions were seized following the riot.
In a press conference, she stated that 58 people were slain and that all the bodies have been identified.
The senior official added that "violent groups" of inmates were disturbed by mass media on the same day the riot broke out. She claimed that mass media broadcast footages of tanks and said that authorities planned a military takeover of the prison facilities.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.