Jailed Opponents Of Venezuelan President Maduro Seize Prison Pleading Help And Freedom

Relatives of inmates react outside a detention center of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN), where a riot occurred, according to relatives, in Caracas, Venezuela May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Reuters: Inmates revolt at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

CARACAS (Reuters) - Inmates at a crowded Caracas detention center revolted on Wednesday, with jailed opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and a Mormon missionary from Utah begging for freedom and medical attention in postings on social media.

There was no official information on the incident, but in videos posted on social media men identifying themselves as prisoners said they had taken over the headquarters of intelligence agency Sebin, known as the Helicoide, where hundreds of people are held.

“This has been taken over peacefully by all the political prisoners and all the prisoners who are abducted here, who are tortured daily,” a man said in one of the videos. He said tear gas and weapons had been fired at detainees but they were holding out to demand freedom.

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WNU Editor: Apparently hundreds of political prisoners at the headquarters of the intelligence agency Sebin have decided to revolt. Here is an easy prediction .... this is not going to end well. Political prisoners are always treated badly in authoritarian regimes .... this will just be an excuse to kill many of them.

Update: This reminds me of the old Soviet Union. Even when everything was falling apart, there were many who still believed .... Maduro’s backers press socialism amid Venezuela’s nightmare (AP).

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