Prison riots across Argentina are triggered by anger at the conditions and fears of the coronavirus
- Videos show a burning prison, prisoners on roofs and riot in corridors
- Prisoners say the conditions are bad, with too many people crammed into cells
- This likely accelerates the spread of the coronavirus in prisons
- One prison stop has stopped, but the other continues
- So far, one prisoner has been stabbed to death during the riots
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There have been several prison riots across Argentina caused by the poor conditions inmates live amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The two biggest riots reportedly took place in the cities of Florencio Varela in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires and in the city of Coronda in the northeastern province of Santa Fe.
The first clip shows a building on fire at the Unidad Penitenciaria No.1 in the city of Coronda as prisoners climb the roof to escape.
Prisoners can be seen on the roof of the prison in Coronda, in the northeastern province of Santa Fe. A fire rages from prison as the smoke rises
According to local media, guards managed to stop the attempted prison breach by firing warning shots from the control towers.
However, one prisoner was stabbed to death during the riot and the incident is being investigated by the authorities.
A map showing the location of Argentina where the two largest prison riots take place. Coronda’s riot has been brought under control, but the one in Florencio Varela is still raging
Another video shows a riot in Unidad No.54 prison in the city of Florencio Varela, where several prisoners reportedly came out of their cells and took over the corridors.
According to reports, local authorities have so far been unable to control the uprising at Unidad No.54.
In a video taken by a prisoner in Unidad No.54, we see prisoners banging on gates and waving seemingly improvised spears or clubs made from what they could get in prison.
Prisoners strike gates and wield improvised weapons while taking control of a prison in the city of Florencio Varela, Argentina
Videos of the third prison in Las Flores, also in Santa Fe province in the northeast of the country, show prisoners fighting with authorities trying to control the riots.
A prisoner uses a mattress as a shield against riot weapons while prisoners take over the hallway. Other prisoners hide behind closet doors in a Las Flores prison
With mattresses like shields and meandering objects down the hall, prisoners can also hide behind walls and cabinet doors to protect themselves from the sound of anti-aircraft guns.
Local media said prison authorities have recently imposed measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the temporary suspension of family visits.
However, a prisoner named Juan from Bouwer’s prison in the province of Cordoba said on social media: “I sleep with eight men in a cell that can accommodate four.
Prison workers don’t wear masks or gloves. We demand toiletries and food that we don’t normally get or that is only half cooked. ‘
Prison officer Walter Galvez told local media: “Packets of food and hygiene products arrive in prisons between Wednesday and Friday.”
Argentina currently has registered 387 confirmed coronavirus cases and 6 deaths, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource center.