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Prisoners report riot in a prison in the Dominican Republic where four prisoners died of COVID-19

Prisoners set mattresses on fire and throw objects at security guards and officers while being hit with rubber bullets during a riot in the infamous prison of the Dominican Republic, where anger is mounting after four people die of the corona virus

  • Prisoners at La Victoria National Penitentiary in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, caused a riot on Thursday over concerns about the corona virus outbreak
  • At least five prisoners received rubber bullet wounds and an agent was stabbed in the hand during the uprising
  • Prisoners asked for release after the virus killed four prisoners – including Issac Lara De La Cruz and Adalberto Rosario Peña on Thursday
  • The Department of Health said the deadly bug infected 25 prisoners and about 50 were isolated
  • The prison has a capacity of 1,500 prisoners, but currently houses more than 9,000

At least five prisoners and one security guard were injured on Thursday in a row in an infamous prison in the Dominican Republic, as prisoners demanded that they be released for fear of an outbreak of the corona virus.

Detainees used smuggled cell phones to record the uprising, while detainees set mattresses on fire and threw objects at security guards and police, who responded by firing rubber granules at the overcrowded La Victoria National Penitentiary in Santo Domingo.

Authorities said on Thursday that the virus killed four prisoners named Issac Lara De La Cruz and Adalberto Rosario Peña.

Ministry of Health personnel are wearing protective suits as they are surrounded by prisoners who locked up La Victoria National Penitentiary in the Dominican Republic after prisoners rebelled on Thursday fearing an outbreak of the coronavirus. The deadly disease killed four prisoners and made 25 others sick.

Ministry of Health personnel are wearing protective suits as they are surrounded by prisoners who locked up La Victoria National Penitentiary in the Dominican Republic after prisoners rebelled on Thursday fearing an outbreak of the coronavirus. The deadly disease killed four prisoners and made 25 others sick.

Prisoners record the moment a mattress was set on fire in one of the cells of La Victoria, a notorious prison in the Dominican Republic

Prisoners record the moment a mattress was set on fire in one of the cells of La Victoria, a notorious prison in the Dominican Republic

Prisoners record the moment a mattress was set on fire in one of the cells of La Victoria, a notorious prison in the Dominican Republic

The Department of Health said the at least 25 prisoners tested positive for Covid-19. At least 50 prisoners have been isolated and are being transferred to newly built prisons that have not yet opened.

On Thursday, a prisoner who was still in the La Victoria National Penitentiary recorded the time when an injured prisoner was taken away by two prison staff.

“Look at how they take him out,” said the prisoner. “They hit him in the head.”

Images of the riot showed two guards lifting the clothed body of a prisoner.

A prisoner urged President Danilo Medina to take immediate action and take into account the welfare of more than 9,000 prisoners held in a facility with a capacity of just 1,500.

A group of prisoners were caught on video resembling sharpening weapons by rubbing them against the concrete floor of the prison during the Thursday riot in La Victoria. The images were filmed by a prisoner on a smuggled phone

A group of prisoners were caught on video resembling sharpening weapons by rubbing them against the concrete floor of the prison during the Thursday riot in La Victoria. The images were filmed by a prisoner on a smuggled phone

A group of prisoners were caught on video resembling sharpening weapons by rubbing them against the concrete floor of the prison during the Thursday riot in La Victoria. The images were filmed by a prisoner on a smuggled phone

A prisoner armed with a stick was filmed walking around La Victoria as prisoners led an uprising calling for their immediate release from the facility over concerns about a coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic resulted in the deaths of four prisoners

A prisoner armed with a stick was filmed walking around La Victoria while prisoners led an uprising calling for immediate release from the facility over concerns about a coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic resulted in the deaths of four prisoners

A prisoner armed with a stick was filmed walking around La Victoria as prisoners led an uprising calling for their immediate release from the facility over concerns about a coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic resulted in the deaths of four prisoners

“The people in La Victoria are revolting,” he shouted, recording the chaos. “The president should order us to be released.”

Additional video taken by prisoners captured the moment when a group of detainees seemed to sharpen their weapons by rubbing the edges against the concrete floor.

A prisoner is carried by prison staff after allegedly injured in Thursday's riot at La Victoria, an infamous, overcrowded prison in the Dominican Republic

A prisoner is carried by prison staff after allegedly injured in Thursday's riot at La Victoria, an infamous, overcrowded prison in the Dominican Republic

A prisoner is carried by prison staff after allegedly injured in Thursday’s riot at La Victoria, an infamous, overcrowded prison in the Dominican Republic

Four prisoners were treated on site for minor pellet wounds, and another was taken to a local medical center after his arm was seriously injured after being shot. A cop sustained a stab wound.

Prison officials began splitting prisoners last week after several men in the Alaska Pavilion had symptoms related to COVID-19.

According to Diario Libre, La Victoria’s medical staff conducted rapid coronavirus diagnostic tests on approximately 1,000 prisoners last week.

On Friday, the Dominican Republic recorded 118 deaths and 2,349 confirmed cases related to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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