Venezuela Launches Commission to Investigate Prison Riot

The ad hoc commission will investigate the riot among inmates at the Sebin headquarters at the Helicoide in Caracas

He said authorities had fired weapons and tear gas but detainees were holding out to demand freedom. They're saying they want to kill me.

A flurry of videos that were posted on social media and could not be immediately verified purported to show El Helicoide's inmates fleeing their cells and issuing pleas for outside help.

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.

"Senator Hatch has been aware of Josh's situation throughout the day and been in communication with Josh's family, the Trump administration, and contacts in Venezuela".

"I've been begging my Government for two years".

In two brief movies shot on a cellphone and posted Wednesday on his Fb web page, Joshua Holt stated his life was threatened throughout a disturbance by inmates who embody President Nicolas Maduro's prime opponents. "That delegation spoke to a representative of the prisoners to respond to their requests", chief prosecutor Tarek Saab tweeted.

Holt, 26, has been locked in the prison since June 2016, when he and his wife, Thamara "Thamy" Caleno, were arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing weapons.

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The only people who are kidnapping me is the government of Venezuela.

Alfredo Romero, a lawyer with the Penal Forum rights group which provides legal representation for prisoners, met relatives of prisoners in front of the headquarters of intelligence agency Sebin, known as the Helicoide, where hundreds of people are held.

In another, a shirtless youth runs down a narrow hallway and knocks out an overhead light with a long stick to shouts of encouragement by other inmates.

"We are concerned about the riot at El Helicoide", Mr Robinson said in a statement, referring to the helix-shaped building where Maduro's top opponents are being held.

Venezuela's Public Ministry has set up an ad hoc commission that will investigate a prison riot among inmates at a crowded Caracas detention center on Wednesday.

A third video shows a U.S. citizen, John Holt, who was arrested in Caracas in 2016 and has yet to be tried. "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.

"We renew our call for the Government to release Joshua Holt on humanitarian grounds".

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