Venezuelan inmates hold 700 jail visitors hostage

Mexico City, Jan 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Inmates of Venezuela’s jail held hostage over 680 people visiting their relatives in the Los Teques prison, the Globovision channel reported Sunday.

The inmates said the hostages would not leave the building until their demands, which were not immediately known, were met.

The prisoners said the incident was meant to show support for the inmates of Yare-1 and Yare-2 prisons, where about 1,000 people, mostly women and children, refused to leave the building in protest against alleged abuses and delays in sentencing of their jailed relatives.

A total of 487 people died in Venezuelan jails in January-October.