Fight between inmates in Nuevo León prison leaves at least 56 injured

A total of 56 inmates were injured After a fight that occurred on Friday in the Apodaca prison, in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo León, eight of whom remain hospitalized but without seriousness, state authorities reported this Saturday.

At a press conference, Javier Luis Navarro Velasco, Secretary General of the State Government, reported that the fight started over a “minor issue” between a group of extortionists and several inmates who unleashed a fight in which stones were used and a mattress was burned.

He specified that a total of 56 inmates were injured during the events and of that total 29 went to a medical evaluation and eight remain hospitalized without seriousness.

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Meanwhile, Aldo Fasci, Secretary of Security for Nuevo León, explained that the brawl started between two inmates for 70 pesos (about $ 3.43).

He pointed out that there is a group of extortionists in the prison, and it was one of them who tried to take money from another prisoner who works in the maquiladora that exists within the prison.

“As it was a day of work, then a group got together to try to attack another that is one of the extortionists, it was a very large group, then the attacks began,” he added.

He pointed out that in the middle of the attack, another group of inmates entered the bedroom of the leader of the extortionists, from where they took out a mattress and burned it “then the authorities entered and the issue began to be discouraged from reaching more extreme things.” Fasci stated.

After the brawl, the authorities found three cell phones, supposedly belonging to the extortionists, in addition to 7 packages of marijuana and 27 cocaine wrappers located inside juice cans.

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In addition, Fasci reported that of the total injured, two were relatives of the inmates and a reporter, who were injured after a prison security fence fell on them during the protests that were registered outside the building after the fight.

However, he specified that none of his injuries were serious, although one of them remains under medical surveillance.

In this same medium-security prison, in February 2012 there was a confrontation between members of rival groups that caused the death of 44 inmates who fought for control of the penitentiary, one of the bloodiest during the past decade in Mexico.

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