Latin America & Caribbean

Mexico prison riot leaves two inmates dead in Monterrey

Smoke rises from Cadereyta prison where a brawl left several prisoners wounded on March 27, 2017 in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Inmates set fire to cells at Cadereyta prison during two days of rioting

A fresh riot broke out in Cadereyta prison near the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Tuesday.

Two inmates died and 13 were injured as prisoners set alight cells and attacked the jail's pharmacy in protest over a lack of food and water caused by a riot the previous day.

A prison spokesman said food and water supplies had now arrived at the jail and the authorities had retaken control.

Two floors of the jail were destroyed.

The riot comes just over a year after 49 inmates were killed in a fight between rival gangs in the Topo Chico jail, also near Monterrey.

'Broken deal'

A prison spokesman said the disturbances in Cadereyta prison started on Monday in protest at the use of x-ray machines to check visiting relatives.

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Image caption Relatives of inmates waited for news after the riot broke out

Relatives said agreements they had reached with the prison authorities were being broken.

"They're not respecting the deals we reached, they're not letting us take in food to our relatives, nor money," they told local media.

"They also said they wouldn't use x-ray machines to check visitors, and they are," one inmate's wife said.

Nine people were injured in the disturbances on Monday.

One of the two inmates who died was burned to death and has yet to be identified.

The other died after ingesting medication taken during the inmates' attack on the prison pharmacy, a prison spokesman said.

Local media reported that a footballer who is detained in the prison awaiting sentencing was not among those injured.

Goalkeeper Omar "El Gato" ("The Cat") Ortiz was arrested in 2012 on charges of being a part of a kidnapping ring.

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Image caption Jailed ex-goalkeeper Omar Ortiz (holding the ball) was not injured in the riots

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