Now for the upset inside the prison. While authorities were on the hunt for the escaped prisoners a riot was building up inside Tango Seven at the Belize Central Prison this morning. Love News arrived on the compound to find several prison guards running to the Tango Seven area where the prisoners staged an upset leading to two prison guards hospitalized and two prisoners shot. The prisoners had barricaded the door and had held two female guards hostage and handcuffed. The two guards were assaulted and taken to the hospital for head trauma and a fractured nose.
Virgillio Murillo, CEO, Kolbe Foundation: “This morning we had some ruckus because obviously some of them is taking the lock down to heart but we certainly asserted ourselves and in no uncertain terms let them know that we’re going to be in charge here not them. The ruckus that I talk about is that – well we’re hearing right now picking up information that it may be related to the lock down as a result of COVID. I understand that this morning they barricaded the building with the chairs and benches that they have in there and then they just began fighting with the prison officers that were in that building one of them sustained what the doctor refers to as multiple head trauma and suspectedly a fractured nose so he was sent to KHMH for further evaluation. But certainly we got a hold of it and we have it under control and the police came to show support as well.”
After quite an eventful 24 hours at the prison the Ministry of National Security called a press conference were the CEO Retired Colonel George Lovell spoke on the events that unfolded and how the ministry is reacting.
George Lovell, CEO, Ministry of National Security: “”For us this is a National Security issue and we can’t afford to have a prison that does not have the requisite safety and security behind its bars and we’re doing all that we can to ensure that we maintain control over the inmates that are here. Mr.Murillo spoke to what they have been doing, I can tell you that when we had that ruckus as her referred to it earlier today that the police did come to his aid even though at that time they had already had control over the situation and was able to quell it with their own personnel that they have but the Ministry of National Security again I want to emphasize will do all that it can to ensure that our citizens remain safe from people like the sort of prisoners who have escaped. We will not stop until we get all these people back behind the bars or we can account for each and every one of them wherever we know them to be.”