56 prisoners injured in blackmail riots in Mexican prison

A total of 56 inmates were injured in the riots in a prison in northern Mexico. Authorities said this was caused by prisoners extorting money from others.

Mexico City – Authorities said on Saturday that 56 prisoners were injured in a riot in a prison in northern Mexico when prisoners tried to extort money from others.

Officials said the riots began on Friday at the Apodaca prison outside Monterey.

Aldo Fasci, Minister of Public Security of Nuevo León State, stated that the injuries were caused by beatings and no guns were involved.

“Without guns, all injuries are caused by blows, and head injuries are caused by blunt objects, whether it’s stones or in some cases (smashing them) on the floor,” Fassi said.

He said that many prisoners in the prison work in factories and usually receive their wages on Fridays. He said that at least five groups extorted money from other prisoners inside the prison wall.

The authorities admitted that the prisoners had partial control of the facility.

Fassi said: “We must continue to work to eliminate prison sharing rules.”

He said that after the situation was brought under control, illegal cell phones, beer and drugs were found in the prisoners’ property.