Inmates revolt at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help
May 17 2018 by Desiree Burns
Josh Holt, 26, made multiple post on his Facebook, including two videos, claiming that the prison "has fallen" to unidentified people that are trying to kill him.
There was no official information on the incident, but in videos posted on social media men identifying themselves as prisoners said they had taken over the headquarters of intelligence agency Sebin, known as the Helicoide, where hundreds of people are held.
A group of Venezuelan political police officers, with their faces covered, stand guard at the main door of SEBIN headquarters.
"They're outside", he said of the rioting inmates.
In one video he said: 'I need help.
A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela is pleading for People' assist getting out of a Caracas jail the place he has been held for 2 years with out trial. They are saying that they want to kill me.
Venezuelan news media reported that political prisoners there are demanding an end to what they called torture and mistreatment of detainees, saying some inmates are minors and others are being held even though they have not been prosecuted.
"I've been begging my Government for two years. They say that they are doing things, but I'm still here and now my life is threatened". How long do my kids have to go on asking for their mummy and daddy. "How long do I have to suffer?"
"I'm here to show you that I am not being kidnapped", Holt says in the video, which he didn't post to his Facebook account.
In three short clips, a visibly distraught Holt makes a plea for help from his fellow Americans, and suggests that his patience is running out with the United States government after close to two years behind bars.
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Mr Holt said all four of them were being detained without trial and that some detainees were being denied medical attention. Shortly afterward, the couple was arrested at her household's condominium after police alleged he was stockpiling weapons.
Joshua Holt, a USA citizen held at the jail for two years pending trial, pleaded for help in a video message sent as the uprising was apparently going on.
Relatives of inmates react outside a detention centre, where a riot occurred, in Caracas.
The US embassy released a photo of Todd Robinson, the top American diplomat in Venezuela, leaving the foreign ministry and saying he had received no information from the Government about the "riot".
While he did not provide details about the disturbance, or what sparked it, he said the delegates offered to coordinate with prison and judicial authorities to address the inmates' demands.
Several of Mr Maduro's top opponents are barred from running. Maduro has said all jailed activists were being held on legitimate charges of violence and subversion.
Tensions between the US and Venezuela have risen as President Donald Trump's administration considers further sanctions on the country, this time on oil.
Joshua Holt and other American citizens are in danger.
The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela said on Twitter it was concerned, labeling the turmoil a riot.