AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Mgr. Reyes denounces: "37 detainees massacred in a planned manner in Puerto Ayacucho"

Monday, 21 August 2017 human rights   prisoners   justice   violence   democracy  

Puerto Ayacucho (Agenzia Fides) - "These people were massacred in a planned manner", said the Apostolic Vicar of Puerto Ayacucho (Venezuela), Mgr. Jonny Eduardo Reyes Sequera, S.D.B. on the massacre last Wednesday in the prison of Puerto Ayacucho where 37 people died.
"Here we are talking about a serious tragedy, because they are human lives, because when you pay armed groups to go to kill people, it is a planned thing", said Mgr. Reyes, to the local press on Sunday, August 20.
"We are not talking about chickens or cats, but people, and we do not even know if they are only 37", said Mgr. Reyes.
According to agencies, 37 prisoners died during an intervention of a Venezuelan police unit in the prison of Puerto Ayacucho, capital of the state of Amazonas, in the south of the country. The local press had informed that before the armed intervention, a group of detainees had taken control of the prison. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 21/08/2017)