Colina 1 prison, in the Metropolitan region of Chile, confirmed on Thursday an attempted riot that ended hours later with six wounded, of whom two are inmates and four gendarmes, one of them in serious condition.
The first incidents happened around 09:00 local time (13:00 GMT), when some two hundred inmates opposed "resistance" to a "search and search procedure," authorities reported.
Throughout the morning there were clashes inside and outside the prison, where dozens of relatives of the inmates gathered to demand explanations of what was happening inside, seeing that even columns of smoke came out of the prison.
"It was a general mutiny of the prison population," Colonel Víctor Provoste, director of the Gendarmería (prison guard) of the Metropolitan region, later explained, assuring that it was "a specific event" caused by the "rivalry between inmates" of one of the prison towers the night before.
The intervention of the gendarmes generated a "rejection" by the rest of the prisoners, who faced several agents and wounded four of them, one seriously, who were transferred to the hospital.
It is not the first riot attempt that has taken place in Chile since the arrival of the coronavirus: on March 19 there were incidents inside the Santiago 1 prison, from which a group of prisoners tried to escape.
An attempted fire was also confirmed on April 4 in the Puente Alto prison, in the Chilean capital, by inmates who alleged lack of sanitary measures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chilean Ministry of Health reported on Thursday that in the last 24 hours the death of 22 people from coronavirus was registered, the highest number of deaths from the disease. In the last 24 hours, 2,659 new cases were recorded, bringing the number of total infections to 37,040, while the number of deaths rose to 368.