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
Why did Gerardo come to Caracas? One day he took the decision, handed the car keys to his father, gave him his share of the cloth business they both owned in San Cristóbal and kissed his wife and two sons goodbye. "He told us he was going to continue fighting for Venezuela," the wife says. That was in mid-2013. He has been imprisoned since May 8, 2014.