Friday, February 18, 2011

Prison riot in Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou. Prisoners .- Ouagadougou prison today started a riot that members of the police attempts to quell Burkina Faso, told Efe the state prosecutor, Placide Nikiema. According to the source, the revolt began when inmates began to break down the doors of their cells to try to escape from prison.

Witnesses say they can see clouds of smoke over several points in the main prison building and you hear noises that indicate that the police had begun firing tear gas. The human rights activist Pagomziri Alexandre Ouédraogo, who frequently visits the prison, told Efe that the poor living conditions in prison may be the cause that has brought the prisoners to riot.

Ouagadougou prison has a capacity to house 465 prisoners but now live there more than 2,000, according to figures provided by Ouédraogo. So far, authorities have called a press conference today, they refuse to disclose details of possible casualties or wounded during the riot.

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