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Covid-19. Official meeting ends riot in Argentine prison

On Friday, several prisoners went up to the roof with their faces covered and using improvised weapons, to claim access to the house arrest regime or protection measures.

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The riot lasted for about nine hours, and local authorities did not report the existence of injuries

Juan Ignacio Roncoroni / EPA

The riot lasted for about nine hours, and local authorities did not report the existence of injuries

Juan Ignacio Roncoroni / EPA

Dozens of prisoners from the Villa Devoto prison in Buenos Aires, who mutinied on Friday after a covid infection case was known – 19, agreed to end the protest, and meet this Saturday with the authorities.

On Friday several prisoners from this prison, which houses about 2. 200 detained, went up to the roof with their faces covered and using improvised weapons, to claim access to the house arrest regime or protection measures, for fearing the spread of the pandemic inside that prison . The riot lasted about nine hours, with the local authorities not reporting any injuries.

The protest ended after prisoners' representatives agreed to meet with authorities today to discuss their concerns. concerns and fears about the risk of spreading covid – 19, according to sources from the Ministry of Justice, cited by the AFP agency.

“We refuse to die in prison” and “A guarded freedom, with an electronic bracelet” were some of the phrases that could be read on the banners displayed by the group of prisoners who went up to the prison's roof. Among the various demands of prisoners is the application of the release procedures that were underway before the health crisis caused by the new coronavirus.

The Argentine Ministry of Justice confirmed that the prisoners asked for “a probation for freedom , with electronic bracelet ”or otherwise, because of the disease pandemic caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

“The Penitentiary Service also made a list of people who, due to their health circumstances, it would be better not to be inside the penal establishment in case of illness”, added the guardianship.

In recent days there have also been riots in other Argentine prisons, leading some of them to suspend visits.

Globally, according to an AFP report, the covid pandemic – 15 has already caused about 200 thousand killed and infected almost 2.8 million people in 193 countries and territories. More than 736 1,000 patients were considered cured.

By regions, Europe adds up to 119 thousand dead (more than 1.3 million cases), United States and Canada more than 52 thousand dead (almost 930 thousand cases), Asia more than 7. 600 dead (more than 188 thousand cases), Latin America and the Caribbean more than 6. 800 dead (more than 130 thousand cases), Middle East more than 6. 100 dead (about 146 thousand cases), Africa more than 1. 326 dead (more than 28 thousand cases) and Oceania 52 dead (about eight thousand cases).

Portugal accounts for 854 dead associated with covid – 19 in 22. 797 confirmed cases of infection, according to the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic. Compared to the previous day, there is more 34 dead ( 4.1%) and more 444 cases of infection ( 2%).

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