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Two violent riots erupt in Cancun prison over weekend

Cancun, Q.R. – One day after an out-of-control riot at the Cancun prison is another outbreak of violence inside prison walls.

On Saturday, a riot broke out inside the Cancun prison that left six inmates injured, four of which were shot by prison guards as the inmates tried to escape.

According to the Red Cross, one of the men died in hospital after being shot in the chest by a guard.

Another violent eruption took place Sunday night inside the Cancun prison that initialized all security protocals both inside and outside prison walls. Unofficial reports say more shots were fired inside the prison and that tear gas was used to contain prisoners.

While unofficial reports claimed another prisoners escape attempt, a Twitter message from the Ministry of Public Security of Quintana Roo reported only a fight between inmates, however, police patrols were spotted looking for suspected criminals among the mangroves of Nichupte.

The Ministry of Public Security commented that, “The activation of police is to maintain security and control within the prison,” but did not mention anything about rioting inmates.

Prison ambulances were seen arriving to transfer injured inmates to hospitals in Cancun, but no additional information was released.

Almicar Galaviz, director of the Red Cross, did however confirm several injuries including one man with a head injury, another with a bullet wound in the buttocks, a third who’d been shot in the ankle and a fourth injury that involved a wound to the forearm.

In just over 24 hours, at least 10 inmates had been injured with one dead after riots in the Cancun prison. At around 11:30 Sunday night, prison officials said they had regained control of the building, but there was no other information released. Additional riot police were seen arriving at midnight.

Outside the prison, relatives of those incarcerated demanded the dismissal of Joel Flores, prison director, who is responsible for the environmental problems and repression that are causing tension and riots among inmates.

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