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Prisoners riot across the Caribbean

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Geography, Crime and criminals, Culture, Prisoners, Riots, Black culture, Minority & ethnic groups, Prisons and prisoners, Prisons, Civil disobedience
Another report pointed out that prisoners were upset because guards had ignored their allegations that another inmate had tried to sexually assault several prisoners. A strong contingent of police officers from the GUARD and Emergency Branch (GEB) stormed the cell block section of the San Fernando Magistrates' Court to quash a threatened uprising by about 100 prisoners on April 1. One of the country's daily newspapers reported that the prisoners were protesting cramp and overcrowded conditions at the cellblock of the courthouse in southern Trinidad. And they threatened to beat and the handful of police officers assigned to secure them.