Video Shows Bedlam in 2013 Riot at Mexican Prison


Newly released security camera video from a deadly prison riot at San Luis Potosí State in central Mexico is raising questions about the response to such outbreaks in the country's chronically overcrowded and violent prisons, says the New York Times. Video images capture dozens of prisoners racing over fences, pummeling one another, breaking windows and furniture and wheeling bodies stacked on a cart. Guards do little more than watch.

Thirteen people were killed and 65 wounded in the 2013, gang-related riot at San Luis Potosí prison, known as La Pila. Jailbreaks, massacres and deadly rioting, sometimes in collusion with corrupt guards, are common in Mexico. Ivan Juárez Ojeda, a spokesman for the state secretary of public security, said authorities have taken steps to improve safety and control crime at La Pila. Three guards and nine prisoners were prosecuted on charges related to the violence. The director of the prison was fired.

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