MONTERREY, Mexico – One person was killed and at least 12 were injured during a protest riot inside Cadereyta Prison, located in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, officials told EFE.
A group of inmates with ties to the Gulf Cartel started protesting before dawn against the prison warden, Edgardo Aguilar Aranda, whom they associated with a rival gang, Los Zetas.
The riot left one prisoner dead and at least 12 inmates and guards injured. “The leaders of the inmate groups agreed to get back in their cells to present a petition,” the Nuevo Leon government spokeswoman, Diana Adame, told EFE.
Around 7:00 am the prisoners started burning trash and mattresses in the patios of the prison. They also climbed on the roof with signs expressing their discontent with Aguilar Aranda.
Authorities bolstered security at the state prison by dispatching 60 police patrols to the scene, along with a helicopter that flew over the area with a crew urging inmates to get down off the roof in order to start negotiations.
Government Secretary Manuel Gonzalez came to the prison to carry out negotiations with the inmates.
Cadereyta Prison was the scene late last March of a fight among inmates that left five prisoners dead and some 20 injured.
The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) warned this year that the “self-government” exercised by criminals in the prisons showed the Nuevo Leon penitentiary system’s lack of authority, a state of affairs only made worse by a degree of overcrowding that typically sparks violence.