Venezuela Retains Control Of Prison

News Americas, CARACAS, Venezuela, Thurs. July 15, 2011: Twenty-seven days after a prison uprising at the El Rodeo prison in Venezuela, authorities there have regained control.

Police said Wednesday that more than 800 inmates have now given up their weapons and left the prison in minibuses to undergo medical examinations.
They are set to be later taken to two other prisons.

More than 25 people died in the mid-June clashes and in subsequent attempts to regain full control of the prison, in the town of Guatire.

The stand-off began after troops stormed the prison to put an end to violent clashes between rival groups.

Venezuelan Interior and Justice Minister, Tareck El Aissami, said the inmates agreed to surrender after they were given guarantees that their human rights would be respected.