Prisoners riot due to coronavirus infections in Argentina

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prisoners set fire to mattresses and seized several floors of building
12:17, 25 April 2020


Prisoners staged a massive protest in an Argentinian prison in Buenos Aires, as the Reuters reports.

The riots initially began late on Thursday after prisoners learned that several people in the facility were infected with the virus. They demanded the release of prisoners with an increased risk of coronavirus infection.

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The prisoners set fire to the mattresses and captured several floors of the building. About a dozen people climbed onto the roof demanding to save them from death.

“We refuse to die in prison,” read one poster hanging from the prison wall. On the other, the judges were charged with genocide and silence.

A witness quoted by Reuters heard sounds like gunshots and saw police helicopters flying over the prison, which, according to the Federal Penitentiary Service, can accommodate up to 1,683 prisoners.

According to the latest official data, 3,435 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 167 deaths were recorded in Argentina, which imposed strict quarantine in mid-March.

As we reported before, as of the morning of April 25,  8,125 people were infected with the coronavirus in Ukraine. Over the past day, 478 new cases of infection were recorded.

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