Two prisoners died on Monday in Spain's fifth jail mutiny in as many days. It?
Two prisoners died on Monday in Spain's fifth jail mutiny in as many days. It happened in the northern town of Saragossa, when fires, set by rioting inmates, swept through the prison.
SYNOPSIS: The two deaths were the first in the long series of mutinies by Spain's common law prisoners, who've been demanding an amnesty similar to those which have freed hundreds of political prisoners over the last two years. Rioting began when prisoners set fire to their mattresses, doors and furniture and started breaking windows. Cells were gutted and the jail dining room was wrecked. About a hundred and 60 prisoners were involved in the mutiny....they set up barricades and fought with riot police. It wasn't until police reinforcements had been brought in that the rioting was suppressed and firemen were able to get the blazes under control.
Prison authorities haven't estimated the cost of the damage...but they say it was heavy. And the rioters didn't get what they'd demanded. Instead, say Spain's Interior Minister, there'll be no more amnesties.
The two men who died had been trapped in their cell....now, says the country's prison chief, secret emergency measures are going to be enforced to stop any further riots.