Riot erupts at Venezuela detention centre, Utah man pleads for help

By Luc Cohen and Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) – A riot erupted on Wednesday at a crowded Caracas detention centre and jailed opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and a Mormon missionary from Utah begged for freedom and help in postings on social media, according to videos and relatives. There was no official information on the incident, but videos from prisoners and comments by family members and activists suggested it had been precipitated by the beating of a young activist, Gregory Sanabria, from the state of Tachira. Alfredo Romero, a lawyer with the Penal Forum rights group which provides legal representation for prisoners, met relatives of prisoners in front of the headquarters of intelligence agency Sebin, known as the Helicoide, where hundreds of people are held.

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