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.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.