At least six inmates and one guard have been killed and several others injured in a mutiny after prisoners turned violent to protest against overcrowding. The riot broke out at a jail in Cordoba, Argentina’s second largest city. The building, which is designed for 700 people, holds 2,000 inmates. Violence erupted during visiting hours, as relatives were still inside the compound, including some children.
It is thought at least 25 members of staff were taken hostage, including the governor, as well as some of the inmates’ relatives. One man was apparently injured by knife as he was being held on the roof.
Many of the convicts were armed with knives and firearms, probably stolen from the guards. Three of the inmates’ relatives have reportedly been allowed inside the compound to try to negotiate with the mutineers. On January 1, six convicts died in a fire following a mutiny at a hospital prison in Olmos, south of Buenos Aires.