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World Sri Lanka. A mutiny due to Covid-19 in a prison kills eight

19:05  30 november  2020
19:05  30 november  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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At least eight inmates were killed and 50 others injured after prison officers used force to disperse a violent riot at the Mahara prison in a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka , the media reported on The riot began on Sunday after prisoners demanded early release amid the spread of COVID - 19 in the facility.

De nombreuses mutilations ont lieu dans les prisons du Sri Lanka, faisant déjà huit morts. © Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP Many mutilations take place in prisons in Sri Lanka, already killing eight.

Mutinies are on the rise in Sri Lankan prisons. In question, the increase in cases of Covid-19. The government announced a death toll of eight and 71 injured.

Eight inmates were killed and 71 others injured at Sri Lanka where prisoners had mutinied to protest the spread of coronavirus cases in their facility, officials said on Monday (November 30th).

For weeks, prisons in Sri Lanka have been experiencing unrest, as the number of Covid-19 cases is on the rise, and authorities have banned visits.

Two infected prisoners have died, and more than 1,200 prisoners and guards have been infected, officials said.

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Media reports say prison guards had opened fire to contain the riot. Local news reports quoted residents who said they had seen a "massive fire" on This is the latest in a series of prison riots that have taken place in Sri Lanka in recent weeks, as the number of Covid - 19 cases in jails continue to

Guards opened fire to contain a prison riot near Sri Lanka 's capital where an inmate was killed and three wounded while protesting a surge of coronavirus infections, police said. Sunday's clashes were the culmination of weeks of unrest in several prisons across the country as the number of Covid - 19

Detainees at Mahara's high-security prison near Colombo mutinied overnight from Sunday to Monday, after setting fire to kitchens and an administrative building, and taking two guards hostage, police say .

180 cases in the same prison

On Monday, intermittent gunshots could still be heard, as some 800 members of the security forces regained control of the prison.

Prison Reform Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle said the authorities had no choice but to shoot the prisoners to prevent a mass escape.

“Unfortunately, eight detainees were killed” , he told parliament, adding that the authorities had regained control of the prison.

The mutiny in the prison, which houses some 10,000 inmates, broke out when the number of coronavirus infections there exceeded 180, authorities said.

Sri Lanka has deplored 116 deaths from Covid-19, and infections there reached 23,484.

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