Five dead and 39 wounded in a brawl in a maximum security prison in Honduras

At least five people were killed and another 39 injured During a brawl that occurred this Thursday in a maximum security prison in eastern Honduras, said the president of the Association of Relatives of the Deprived of Liberty, Delma Ordóñez.

“There are 39 people injured, 15 of them were transferred to the Hospital Escuela, in Tegucigalpa, and there are five confirmed deaths in the penal center,” Ordóñez told reporters.

Ordóñez pointed out that the fight occurred among inmates of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gangs in the prison known as La Tolva, in the municipality of Morocelí, department of El Paraíso, in the eastern part of the Central American country.

This Thursday night, no authority from the National Penitentiary Institute (INP) of Honduras had yet reported what happened in the prison.

Local media began to report on the brawl around 08:00 local time (14:00 GMT), but initially it only transpired that a jail police arrived injured in an ambulance to the Hospital Escuela, in the Honduran capital.

Unofficially, it emerged that five inmates died inside the prison, apparently due to the explosion of a fragmentation grenade, and that 39 other people were injured,

Television news broadcasts broadcast external images showing members of the security forces, armed with firearms, mobilizing inside the prison, in which they also dozens of shots were heard.

Criticisms of the prison system

The state National Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras (Conadeh) said that the deaths and attacks reported this Thursday in La Tolva “evidence the lack of implementation of proper administrationn penitentiary “.

In addition, he urged the Honduran authorities to “guarantee the right to personal, mental and moral integrity and the human right to life of persons deprived of liberty “.

La Tolva is one of the two maximum security prisons that Honduras has, in which they are frequently searched violent events with tragic results.

In October 2019, two inmates were murdered in different prisons and, as if it were a message with a dedication for someone, videos of both events soon transcended.

With the inmates murdered then, the first in La Tolva prison and the second in El Pozo I, in Ilama, Santa Bárbara (west), they added five who lost their lives violently in 2019 in those two prisons.

Four other inmates were previously murdered in La Tolva, two in June 2017 and two in September 2018; and two more in El Pozo in October 2018.

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