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
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."