The inmates of the Miguel Castro Castro prison, in the San Juan de Lurigancho district, east of Lima, mutinied on Monday in protest at the spread of COVID-19 among the prison population, after two inmates died on Sunday in this prison.
The inmates of at least three prison wards burned mattresses and other objects, in addition to climbing the windows that lead to an internal roundabout to hang posters with their claims, according to images released in local media.
The head of the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE), Gerson Villar, told RPP Noticias that the inmates rioted to request the expansion of the crimes that will be considered to obtain release, through the presidential thanks that the Executive will grant as a result of the emergency. sanitary.
They fight for pardons
The prison population that will benefit from some 3,000 pardons is mainly that of older adults, and pregnant women or children under the age of three, in addition to those who are close to serving their sentences.
In addition, the mutineers claimed for medications to treat the coronavirus, which is why the INPE has acquired 200,000 azithromycin pills to distribute in prisons nationwide, Villar said.
The authority confirmed that two inmates died on Sunday in the Castro Castro prison, one of the most populous in the country, and that the bodies have been transferred by the team assigned to the Ministry of Health for this work.
PRISONERS DO NOT ACCESS EVIDENCE
He added that it is presumed that the deaths were due to the virus, but that this has to be determined by specialists because at INPE “we do not have the capacity to test” a population of 97,500 inmates nationwide.
In addition, he indicated that there are five other inmates who have been evacuated due to their health status and who are waiting to know the results of the tests to rule out the virus.
The prison authority reported that the riot is already under control, after the National Police entered with the prison officers and recovered order with the use of tear gas.
“They are just going to enter the ward to verify the status of the inmates,” Villar added to the radio station.
The INPE chief explained that preventive treatment, with azithromycin that began in the Callao prison, is being applied in all prisons in the country to inmates with symptoms of COVID-19 to prevent their condition from worsening.
Given that it is “unlikely” that they could apply the tests to all the prisoners in the country, Villar insisted that they are applying preventive treatment to “avoid affecting the health of the inmates at the national level.”
The coronavirus has caused the contagion of some 40 inmates and around a dozen deaths in Peruvian prisons. INPE also expressed its condolences today for the death of two prison workers in Ancón and Trujillo prisons.
The number of infections of the pandemic in Peru amounts to 28,699 cases, while deaths rose to 782 this Monday, the majority registered in Lima and Callao.