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Two guards dead and several injured in riot and fire at juvenile correctional center in Guatemala, Sunday

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 Firefighters carry a woman who fainted outside a reformatory for youth and men, Centro Correccional Etapa II, where a riot and fire in Guatemala City, Sunday.png First responders help a woman who fainted in the riots
At least two people are dead and six are held as hostages at a juvenile prison near Guatemala city after a riot according to authorities. Two security guards were beaten to death and five more were hurt, according to police.

Witnesses reported that the riot began Sunday afternoon at the juvenile detention center in San Jose Pinula when the scheduled visits were over.
The Stage II Detention Center is located close to the Virgen de la Asuncion shelter for abused teens, where on March 8 a fire resulted from a resident attempting to flee the facility, leaving 40 girls dead and sparking protests against President Jimmy Morales’ administration and outrage over what has been dubbed ‘state-sponsored femicide’.

When the riot, which witnessed fires being started around the facility, erupted, several juveniles at the Stage II prison in San Jose Pinula tried to climb over the facility’s barbed wire in an attempt to escape during the riot.
The National Civil Police confirmed that the death of two monitors were in the riot.

Guatemala juvenile prison riots9.pngOfficials said inmates also started a fire in part of the prison, and police threw tear gas canisters seeking to regain control
Guatemala juvenile prison riots10.pngSeveral juvenile delinquents attempted to escape  during  a riot at Centro Correccional Etapa II prison in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala, on Sunday evening . These detention center inmates try to scale the razor sharp wires as they make their escape bid in the melee
 The National Civil Police (PNC) announced that there are 47 young people from the ‘Barrio 18’ gang in the facility who were demanding that they be allowed to receive food parcels and cook their own meals
During the riot, the juvenile inmates reportedly took seven facility guards hostage. They were beaten and had their radio transceivers taken away.
Guatemala juvenile prison riots12.pngInmates made determined escape bids [photo], as they tried to scale the prison barbed wire perimeter
Twenty-six members of the Barrio 18 gang are requesting the presence of the Office of the Inspector General of Colombia, as well as judges, to solve their situation. In the midst of the riot, inmates set mattresses alight starting several bonfires and attempted to escape by scaling the perimeter barbed wire fence.
As the juvenile delinquents climbed the facility’s fences, riot police surrounded the property to stop them from fleeing the area.
Guatemalan cops surround the San Jose Pinula facility in an attempt to keep everyone inside following Sunday's riot2.pngRiot police sorround the detention center as inmates tried to escape
Firefighters surround the body of a victim inside a reformatory at the correctional facility 12 miles outside of Guatemala City.pngFirefighters sorround a victim outside a boy’s reformatory in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala on Sunday, where a riot and fire broke out on Sunday
Red Cross EMTs carry a guard injured after a riot by underage inmates at the Guatemalan prison on Sunday .pngRed Cross personnel evacuate another casualty during sunday’s riot at a reformatory for young men, in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala, on Sunday

Officials said inmates also started a fire in part of the prison, and police threw tear gas canisters seeking to regain control.
During the riot, the young people reportedly took seven facility monitors hostage, who were beaten and had their radio transceivers taken away.

Police stood guard outside the Guatemalan City after the riot was over.pngPolice guard the detention center after the riot

It is believed that the prisoners involved in the riots were juveniles. The National Civil Police (PNC) announced that there are 47 young people from the ‘Barrio 18’ – one of Central America’s most notorious gangs – in the facility.
Riots broke out after inmates demanded that they be allowed to receive food parcels and cook their own meals.
They also demanded that fellow gang members from other jails be transferred to Central Correctional Stage II prison.

 

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