Medical sources: 61 killed and 120 injured in prison riot in Venezuela
The director of the Central Hospital of Barquisimeto, Ruy Medina, on Saturday confirmed to Spanish news agency Efe the new death toll of the violent events recorded in a Venezuelan jail following an inspection by authorities
Ruy Medina, the director of the "Antonio María Pineda" Central Hospital of Barquisimeto, confirmed on Saturday the new numbers to Efe. He added that 19 of the inmates who were injured underwent surgery.
Prison Affairs Minister Iris Valera announced Saturday afternoon that Uribana jail will be evicted totally, with inmates transferred to other prisons in the country.
Relatives of inmates described as slaughter the events recorded on Friday and blamed the violence directly on Minister Varela.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.