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
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.