Social Reintegration Center of Colima (Photo: Google Maps)
At least seven people were injured and eight died during a riot that took place on the morning of this Tuesday, January 25, inside the Colima Social Rehabilitation Center. Given the secrecy of the authorities, the number of injured or deceased or the circumstances in which the disturbances in the prison would have occurred have not been disclosed.
Local press reports revealed at least seven ambulances that entered the prison and left shortly thereafter with probable injuries during a brawl between alleged criminal groups that, according to unofficial information, occurred at 9:00 a.m. in dormitories A. and B of the prison and would have left at least eight seriously injured and supposedly eight deceased.
According to the first versions, several units of the state and federal security forces mounted a security operation in the vicinity of the Cereso of the city of Colima, where the presence of State Police patrols and National Guard vehicles was also recorded. , as well as elements from other corporations such as the State Police, the State Attorney General’s Office, the Secretary of National Defense and Red Cross personnel.
A live broadcast of the portal Colima Digital Archive showed the presence of at least one van from the entity’s Expert Services and Forensic Sciences (Semefo). “Several injured people confirm to us. It is worth highlighting the great operation that is being carried out here to control this unfortunate event,” reported a reporter from the digital newspaper
On the outskirts of the prison, the presence of a truck from the Expert Services and Forensic Sciences was detected (Photo: Screenshot / Colima Digital Archive)
Indira Vizcaíno, governor of Colima, confirmed in a series of tweets that the events “began after 9 am and at 10:00 am, the state authority had total control of the situation in this prison.” […] From the first moment, the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) and I have personally attended to this situation. I have requested the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) to carry out the pertinent investigations for the demarcation of responsibilities.
According to a statement, inside the two bedrooms seven people were found dead and eight people injured who were transferred to various hospital units. Later one of the wounded would have died. Apparently, after the first checks, various sharp weapons and at least one firearm have been found in the bedrooms.
“The state government regrets what happened and the loss of life and expresses its solidarity with the families of the victims; and continues with a timely follow-up of the health situation of the injured people”, established the bulletin.
In accordance with The Day, it was the fifth riot in the last two years. Reports from the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) consulted by the newspaper detailed that in May 2020 there were three dead inmates, five injured and one escape attempt.
At the beginning of the month, the president of the State Human Rights Commission, Roberto Ramírez, affirmed that it was necessary to improve the infrastructure in the Cereso de Colima so that people deprived of their liberty could develop in conditions with greater dignity.
In an interview with the Colima Newspaper, Ramírez pointed out that in 2021 the commission issued two recommendations to the Cereso de Colima, one for apparently the poor quality of the food that the inmates receive. The other would be related to the imposition of sanctions, and that the same commission determined as illegal due to the conditions in which the prison infrastructure is found. Both were in the process of being accepted or rejected by the prison authorities.
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