Revolt after Corona outbreak in prison in Sri Lanka – Miscellaneous from Germany & the world


A prison inmate carries a inmate out of a damaged building in Mahara after a night riot in Mahara prison, a suburb of Colombo. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena / AP / dpa (Eranga Jayawardena / dpa)

At least eight people died and more than 60 were injured in a revolt in a maximum security prison in Sri Lanka.

After a corona outbreak in the prison, the prisoners would have requested better facilities that allow better keeping their distance, as well as regular corona tests, said an official who is responsible for the country’s prisons, the German press agency on Monday.

The situation escalated on Sunday, prisoners attacked prison guards, tried to escape, set fire to buildings and documents, and temporarily took two guards hostage. Relatives of the prisoners had also gathered in front of the prison, which made the situation even more tense. The police opened fire and brought the situation under control on Monday night. Six of the injured are prison guards.

Recently there have also been protests in other usually overcrowded prisons in Sri Lanka, in which inmates have called for more protection from corona infections. According to official information, more than 1,100 prisoners are currently infected with Corona in the country.

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