Non-governmental organizations report that detainees in the cells of the Cicpc Acarigua armed a riot demanding transfers to other prisons
The inmates of the dungeons of the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Corps (Cicpc) of Acarigua, Portuguesa state, began a riot in the morning hours of Saturday, May 21, to demand that they be transferred to other prisons.
According to confirmations from family members to several non-governmental organizations, the detainees in cells 1 and 2 started the riot due to the overcrowding in which they are found, and threatened to radicalize their actions with a possible blood strike.
There are anti-riot commissions from the Portuguese State Police and the National Guard, as well as the city’s firefighters. In a joint operation, they try to restore order and security in the dungeons, indicated the NGO A Window for Freedom.
From hours of the morning of this Saturday #21May a riot is recorded in cells 1 and 2 of the CICPC in Acarigua, state #Portuguese. Apparently, the prisoners armed themselves with stones and managed to injure 5 officials.📸 @PortuguesaRepor pic.twitter.com/wA2jt0bjo3
— Obs. V. of Prisons (@oveprisiones) May 21, 2022
The relatives of the detainees denounce that some are sick and without visitation since the covid-19 pandemic began. According to the information who drives Newspaper Last Minute Digitalfamily members also request that their criminal cases be reviewed in order to opt for a procedural benefit.
They reiterated that the cells of the Cicpc Acarigua are collapsed since there are approximately 70 people behind bars, a figure that exceeds physical capacity. A Window for Liberty estimates about 100 inmates in an area with no toilets.
It transpired that this prison action has so far left detainees and police officers injured, so confirmation from the competent authorities is awaited.