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    In Argentina a violent riot in a Buenos Aires prison has left 60 dead. The?

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    EXTERIOR GV: Villa Devoto prison in Buenos Aires.
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    GV: smoke-blackened windows of prison block
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    GV: prison
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    GV: front entrance to prison PULL BACK TO MV AND ZOOM IN relatives of prisoners awaiting news on street corner.
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    MV: wives of prisoners talking to armed guards (2 shots)
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    MV PAN: anxious wives and relatives waiting
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    MV PAN: ambulance searched by guards en route to prison
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    CU PULL BACK TO MV crying wives (2 shots)
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    MV: woman faints and is carried off by others
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    MV PAN: guards search another ambulance en route to prison
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    Background: In Argentina a violent riot in a Buenos Aires prison has left 60 dead. The riot broke out on Tuesday morning (14 March) when prisoners attacked guards and set fire their mattresses. The victims, all prisoners died from burns and asphyxiation.

    SYNOPSIS: It was the second serious riot at Villa Devoto prison in the last 15 years. But this time it was more bloody. Six times as many people died, all of them prisoners.

    The authorities acted quickly to suppress the riot, using troops backed by police in helicopter gunships. After the shooting was over, relatives of prisoners gathered to hear the news.

    Guard on duty told them to go on the headquarters of the Prisons Service in central Buenos Aires if they wanted any information on the casualties. But most made no effort to leave the area.

    Meanwhile ambulances continued to arrive to take away the dead and injured. Reporters counted 15.

    When the women waiting for news realised they would not be getting any details they began crying and screaming abuse. One woman collapsed and had to be helped away. Much of the delay in producing a list of casualties was because many prisoners were so badly burned they could not be identified.

    Villa Devoto is a maximum-security prison which houses hardened criminals as well as women political prisoners awaiting trail. But according to the authorities, those who took part in the riot were in the criminal block.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4O5HXO9XZQ6ZE2XZ3LM180TIX
    Media URN:
    VLVA4O5HXO9XZQ6ZE2XZ3LM180TIX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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