2013 Uribana prison riot

2013 Uribana prison riot
LocationUribana prison, Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Date25 January 2013 (2013-01-25)–26 January 2013 (2013-01-26)
TargetVenezuelan National Guard members
Deaths61[1]
Non-fatal injuries
120

On 25 January 2013, a riot began at Uribana prison in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Initial reports gave at least 50 people killed and over 120 people injured,[2][3][4][5] and by 27 January a death toll of 61 was reported.[1] Officials on the first day of the riot faulted media for breaking news in advance that the prison would be searched by the military.[6] As the riot continued into a second day, human rights groups faulted overcrowding and conditions in the gang-dominated prison.[6]

Outbreak

The riot was reportedly triggered by an announcement that, in an anti-gang measure, Venezuelan National Guard troops would be searching for weapons.[2] The inmates were reportedly waiting for the National Guard when they arrived.[2] Most injuries were from gunshot wounds.[2] Bodies have been described as unidentifiable due to their mutilation. Due to the mutilation, officials were charged for a violation of human rights.[6]

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