Inmates revolt at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

  • Inmates revolt at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

Inmates revolt at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

"They say they're doing things but I'm still here", said Holt in the video posted on his Facebook page.

Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab sent a commission to the El Helicoide prison to speak with a representative of the inmates.

"We are concerned about the riot at El Helicoide", Robinson said.

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, said she also had been in touch with Holt's family and officials from the U.S. Department of State, and had learned Holt was safe.

In one video he said: 'I need help.

"The people have taken the entire prison". Videos and photos apparently taken inside the prison and posted on social media show men crying out as they run down hallways, breaking a lock and bashing in an overhead light with a makeshift club. "They want to kill me and paint the walls with my blood".

Trujillo declined to discuss how Holt was posting videos on his Facebook page, saying Holt's safety was in jeopardy and he didn't want to release any information that may harm him.

In the second video, Holt continues by "calling on the people of America" to get him out.

"Help me please United States, how long do I have to suffer unjustly in this place?"

"The Sebin has told me that as long as my government continues attacking this government and as long as Marco Rubio continues talking about me the longer that they will never let me go", he wrote. Now, my life is threatened. "Josh and his family have suffered far too long", the statement said. How long do my kids have to go on asking for their mummy and daddy.

Holt speculated in a Facebook post on Wednesday that this was because of Venezuela's feared Sebin intelligence police, who are headquartered at El Helicoide. People here are dying, we need help.

He said all four of them were being detained without trial and that some detainees were being denied medical attention. His mother Laurie Holt confirmed the account belonged to her son.

Holt was arrested in 2016 after local police alleged he was stockpiling weapons in his wife's family's apartment, which is in a public housing complex in Venezuela's capital city of Caracas.

The riot was sparked after a young activist from the mountainous state of Tachira, Gregory Sanabria, was beaten by other prisoners, according to Patricia Gutierrez, wife of detained opposition leader Daniel Ceballos.

In a third video circulating on social media, the American is seen standing calmly next to three well-known opposition activists wearing the same black T-shirt he had on earlier Wednesday.

A prisoner's relative wipes away tears as she awaits news of her loved one inside the notorious detention centre.

Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez as president in 2013, is bidding for reelection on Sunday. "We're demanding that all political prisoners..."

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Authorities of Venezuela claim that Holt was working with the USA government to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, a plan they say involved him and his wife stockpiling weapons. "The Venezuelan government is directly responsible for their security and we will hold them responsible if anything happens to them", the embassy tweeted in Spanish.