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  HOME | Mexico

Police Quell Prison Riot in Mexico

MEXICO CITY Some 600 riot police used tear gas to quell an uprising by about 100 inmates at the Reclusorio Sur prison in Mexico City, officials said.

The prisoners rioted to demand that family visits be allowed two days a week instead of just one day.

Mexican media broadcast images of rampaging inmates and riot police firing tear gas into the prison, where fires were burning.

Police made the inmates strip in the prison yard and checked them for weapons before returning the men to their cells.

I think what we used is not important ... the important thing is to report that everything is in order and calm, and that the disturbance was the work of inmates in dormitories three, four, six and seven, prison system official Miguel Rivera Villa said in response to questions from reporters about the use of force.

Family visits will continue to be allowed only one day a week because this was one of the measures taken in response to the flu epidemic that has killed 74 people and infected 3,576 others in Mexico, Rivera said.

About 200 relatives of inmates gathered outside the prison during the riot, seeking information about their family members.

Officials told them only two visitors per inmate would be allowed on Wednesday. EFE
 

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