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Prison Riot In Mexico Leaves 13 Dead, Dozens Wounded

Prison Riot In Mexico Leave 13 Dead

A prison riot in Mexico left 13 dead and 65 injured when rival prisoners squared off in a cell block just before daybreak.

The riot took place on Saturday in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, sparking just after 4:30 am in a cell block. Though officials at La Pila prison had regained control by the morning, the prison riot left 13 dead as close to 100 prisoners fought with makeshift knives and fists. It wasn’t immediately clear if all of those killed were prisoners or if any prison officials were included.

Concepcion Tovar, head of the state’s prison system, said the deadly riot was the work of a prison gang that had been harassing and robbing other inmates. Prison officials held back on blaming drug gangs, who have waged widescale turf battles that have resulted in thousands of killings in Mexico in recent years.

Other prison riots in Mexico in recent years have been blamed these gangs.

Mexico is undergoing a vast war on drugs and the dangerous cartels that traffic drugs to the United States. In the first four months of the presidency of Enrique Pena Nieto, who campaigned on a promise to end the violence gripping the nation, killings linked to drug gangs have fallen 14 percent to 4,249.

But as the country cracks down on drug cartels, prisons have become overcrowded and rival gangs in close proximity have often continued their turf battles behind bars.

These prisoners often have control what goes on behind bars. The National Human Rights Commission reported last year that drug gangs were essentially in charge of the interior of many Mexican prisons.

Mexican officials said the violence at La Pila prison was a “fight not an uprising,” as prisoners were looking to battle one another rather than targeting guards. There is an investigation into whether prison officials cold have played a role in the violence.

Though the prison riot left 13 dead, the death toll could still rise. Officials said 22 of the 65 people injured were in serious condition.

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22 Responses to “Prison Riot In Mexico Leaves 13 Dead, Dozens Wounded”

  1. Charlean Dulaney

    The only way they will get control of the drug cartel is to take no living hostages when raiding the cartel headquarters.

  2. Tom Witzgall

    Just lock 'em all in their cells and STARVE 'em to death, that's all. Oh I don't even want to get IN to what I'd do if I were COMPLETELY in charge of, say, the prison system in the US. All I will say, is, that in about a month-there wouldn't BE any prisoners left.

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  4. Joseph McLinden

    Prison is a microcosm of the society at large. Mexican prisons are not anything like American prisons. Mexicans have not reached the level of prosperity necessary to allow them to demand their rights while in prison. In Mexico the guards don't wade into the riots with nightsticks and pepper-spray like they do in American prisons. In Mexico the guards and prisoners are very similar in reputation, and they understand that knife-fights between 100 inmates are generally unhealthy places to be. Instead the guards and uninvolved inmates generally stay in behind locked doors until the combatants are dead, wounded or tired enough to allow easy capture by large groups of guards with sawed-off shotguns, who roam through the yards rounding up those who are still moving, dragging the dead into separate areas, cuffing the exhausted and quickly shooting any that are still looking for a fight. These guards understand how prison riots work, and they make sure they are not a part of them. These riots are not a rarity in Mexico.

  5. Carl Hamilton

    That's cause people like you guys don't understand.When that's all you know growing up drugs get u money fighting gets u respect etc

  6. Dave Griffin

    I get so sick of hearing about how drugs earn you money and how fighting earns you respect.Maybe in Mexico that's true, but here it keeps your worthless ass on the street where it belongs.Education is the answer, not gang-banging, that only gets you in prison, or the grave.If all you know is drugs and violence, you're pretty damn stupid, every child has the opportunity to go to school, it's their own choice whether they stay there and prosper, or turn to the streets like a loser.

  7. Edwin Johnston

    I don't know, but what I do know from the article there are 13 fewer Mexicans crossing our unguarded border and obozo has lost 13 voters

  8. Anonymous

    well if that's all you know than you should be killed.We have enough crap in this world if you are not going to contribute to good than you need to die.

  9. Curtis Smith

    Dave, it is obvious you did not grow up in an extremely poor neighborhood or housing project or in a dysfunctional family. I am amused by people like you who believe they have all the answers when in fact you do not know what you are talking about. You do not know what it is like to have to toughen up at a young age to keep other tough guys from beating you and taking what little you have. You don't know what it is like to have to join a gang for the safety it offers. You do not know what it is like to be dirt poor and having almost nothing to call your own. I could go on and on but you probably believe it is all nonsense.

  10. Clem Hooten

    @Dave. You are fortunate to live in the world that you know. However I would not be talking much because it is obvious you don't live in the real one.

  11. Tonya Ivey Mangus

    Dave, I know it would seem that way, I am too fortunate to grow up in a normal family and atmosphere. I do know for someone that knows nothing else except to be surrounded by this life, knows no other way of life. That is a normal but dysfunctional way of life. It's very sad. When that's the only way of life that you've ever known, they don't know how to find the way out, they may not have the resources and means of getting a better life. It's easy for us to say all of those things or think them…but unless you are walking in they're shoes, you don't really know. It makes me so sad and I wish I had the money and resources to help people that have unfortunate situations.

  12. Anonymous

    Wow, I have to post something to defend Dave Griffin's comments. Please read the title of the article again, it states 13 people dead! They are adults and I guarantee every last one of them knows the difference between right and wrong. Please do not use their difficult lives as a means of justification. Many people have overcome abuse, poverty, and horrible parents to make something of themselves and not resort to murdering each other in prison. Feel sorry for the prison guards. I pray none of them became injured because of this.

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