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Prisoners in a Bolivian prison riot to protest overcrowding and to ask for an amnesty

June 9, 2020

Prisoners at a prison in Riberalta, Beni, held an uprising on Monday to protest the facility’s overcrowding and demanded compliance with the Supreme Decree on Pardons and Amnesty, which was approved by the Bolivian government to discharge discharge related to prisons Coronavirus pandemic.

“We are more than 200 and many inmates, if this prison holds only 130 people, we ask that everyone who has preventive detention go away,” said one of the mutineers who broke the prison walls, the Bolivian newspaper reported. ‘Page Seven’.

“There are several people here who are over 58 years old,” said another inmate who also asked for medical help and better food. The decree, approved by the Bolivian executive, provides for the pardon of prisoners over the age of 58 who have not committed sexist murders or rape of children.

Prisoners in a Bolivian prison riot to protest overcrowding and to ask for an amnestyPrisoners in a Bolivian prison riot to protest overcrowding and to ask for an amnesty

The prison authorities and mutineers managed to reach an agreement hours later, and the calm in the facilities was restored.