Riot erupts at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

Riot erupts at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

Former LDS Missionary Josh Holt, imprisoned in a Venezuelan prison since 2016, took to social media Wednesday to beg for help as prisoners took over parts of his facility.

In two 20-second videos shot on a cell phone, a visibly distraught Joshua Holt suggested that his patience is running out with the US government, which has made his release a top priority in its dealings with Venezuela's socialist government.

The Holt family released a statement through Trujillo, saying they were both "deeply troubled and concerned" about the riots. I need your help to get me out of this place. And now my life is threatened. How long do I have to suffer here?

Joshua Holt, a U.S. 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. "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. How long do my kids have to go on asking for their mummy and daddy. "We need help from the people of Venezuela and also the people of the United States".

Relatives of inmates react outside a detention centre, where a riot occurred, in Caracas.

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

Amid statements of concern by Utah's congressional delegation, Todd Robinson, the top American diplomat in Venezuela, went to the foreign ministry to seek information about Holt.

Photos on social media show the swollen face of Mr Sanabria, a student held in El Helicoide pending trial ever since he took part in mass anti-government protest in 2014.

Riot erupts at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help
Riot erupts at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

There was no official information on the incident, but videos from prisoners and comments by family members and activists suggested it had been precipitated by the beating of a young activist, Gregory Sanabria, from the state of Tachira.

An American prisoner has posted videos on Facebook from inside a Venezuelan jail seized by inmates ahead of the controversial presidential election.

Political prisoners have always been complaining about the conditions they are held in and pressure groups inside Venezuela as well as overseas have called on the government of President Nicolás Maduro to free them but so far this has had little impact.

"We're very anxious about the mutiny in the Helicoide".

"Joshua Holt and other USA citizens are in danger", it said in a tweet in Spanish.

The Trump administration has warned that it could put crippling oil sanctions on Venezuela if Maduro goes ahead with what the USA and others consider a sham presidential election Sunday.

"The Government of Venezuela is directly responsible for their safety and will be held responsible if anything happens to them".


Related News:

  • PNB fraud case: CBI files chargesheet against Mehul Choksi, others

    PNB fraud case: CBI files chargesheet against Mehul Choksi, others

    On Monday, the CBI had filed its first charge-sheet against Nirav Modi for defrauding PNB to the tune of ₹6,498.28 crore. They all are charged under sections 409, 420, 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
    Feces-flinging woman attacks Langley Tim Hortons staff

    Feces-flinging woman attacks Langley Tim Hortons staff

    She can then be seen picking up her excrement from the floor with here bare hands, and throwing it at staff behind the counter. She then pulls down her trousers , proceeds to defecate on the floor, and then picks it up and flings it at the employee.
    Disgraced Parkland officer will get pension

    Disgraced Parkland officer will get pension

    Fathers of two of the victims of the Parkland shooting expressed their disgust over Peterson's generous pension on Twitter . Peterson rushed to the building, but stayed outside for about four minutes during the shooting and never went inside.
  • Developers Can Soon Choose Which Alexa Voice They Want To Use

    Developers Can Soon Choose Which Alexa Voice They Want To Use

    The entire idea of a voice masquerading attack is to prolong the interaction time of a running app but without telling the user. More recently, Amazon launched the " Remember This " feature for Alexa, essentially giving the virtual assistant a memory.
    French Oil Firm May Leave Iran

    French Oil Firm May Leave Iran

    In a deal first signed in late 2016, Total agreed to operate the South Pars project with a stake of 50.1%. The European Union, also a signatory to the atomic deal, has pledged to take steps to salvage the accord.
    SC collegium defers reiteration of Justice Joseph's elevation to top court

    SC collegium defers reiteration of Justice Joseph's elevation to top court

    The collegium intends to send Justice Joseph's name along with other names being considered for Supreme Court judgeships. Justice Jhala's name has been approved after taking into consideration the material on record .
  • Victims of USA  gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar share $500m

    Victims of USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar share $500m

    While this money is now earmarked for certain projects, MSU is not legally obligated to use this money for these purposes. There is no indication as to how much each victim will receive, or how Michigan State University will allocate the funds.
    Paddy Power Betfair confirms talks with FanDuel

    Paddy Power Betfair confirms talks with FanDuel

    Analysts say William Hill would be worst hit by the change, and that the market has already started pricing in such an outcome. FanDuel , founded in Edinburgh, is backed by the likes of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Google Capital and NBC Sports Ventures.
    Tickle Me, Fleury: Vegas goalie tickles Jets player's ear

    Tickle Me, Fleury: Vegas goalie tickles Jets player's ear

    After the game was tied 1-1, Vegas got two goals from its second line, which features Erik Haula between Neal and Alex Tuch . Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays.
  • East Coast rail route through Notts brought back under public control

    East Coast rail route through Notts brought back under public control

    The government is set to renationalise the East Coast mainline , one of Britain's busiest railway lines. In February Grayling admitted the beleaguered East Coast mainline rail franchise had collapsed .
    VK Singh visits N Korea to discuss growth in peninsula

    VK Singh visits N Korea to discuss growth in peninsula

    Kim Yong Dae, Vice President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, H.E. India had said then that its trade with North Korea was in any case "minimal".
    Pope 'very worried' by Gaza violence

    Pope 'very worried' by Gaza violence

    Eight children under the age of 16, including an eight-month-old baby, were among Monday's dead. Calling for "dialogue, justice and peace", said violence "has never led to peace".


Most liked

Turkey says USA ruling on Turkish banker illegitimate, not credible
In January, a federal jury found Mehmet Hakan Atilla guilty of bank fraud, sanctions evasion and other crimes. Though the prosecution has requested a 15-year jail term, it remains unclear what sentence he will be handed.

BT Plus will grant you unlimited mobile data when your Wi-Fi goes down
BT said it will now offer a minimum speed of 100Mbps for its ultrafast home broadband service, with speeds up to 314Mbps. All this amounts to "the UK's first converged, smart network" apparently, a process BT expects to complete by 2022.

How Many BTG plc (LON:BTG)'s Analysts Are Bullish?
It turned negative, as 59 investors sold BX shares while 154 reduced holdings. 66 funds opened positions while 118 raised stakes. Amg National Trust Bank increased Target Corp (TGT) stake by 179.05% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. (TJX) has $53.66B valuation.

Cleanest city in India: Mumbai tops Swachh list among capitals
Focussing on open defecation free status, civic body constructed public toilets and place modular toilets across the city. The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country.

Ford Resuming Output of F-Series After Supplier Fire
Ford has said its financial results for the second quarter will take a hit, though the exact cost remains to be seen. Dearborn-based Ford put together a team that refurbished and relocated tooling needed to make parts for the vehicles.

Judge invalidates state aid-in-dying law; appeal window is narrow
In a Tuesday statement on Facebook, Packer expressed confidence that Judge Ottolia's ruling will stand. The state attorney was given five days to file an emergency appeal before the ruling will take effect.

Sherpa Kami Rita Sets Record with 22nd Successful Climb of Mount Everest
While Lhakpa Sherpa was climbing to break her own record on Wednesday morning, other climbers were dealing with oxygen failures. On the Tibet side a team was forced to retreat from just below the summit when 11 of their bottled oxygen systems failed.

Panchayat poll violence: Centre asks Bengal govt to send another report
The state administration, however, claimed only six of those deaths were poll-related, State Election Commission (SEC) said. From the nomination stage to the day of polling, where was the spirit of democracy? "People were bullied", Modi said.

Frances Bean's Ex Given Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged Guitar
There are few guitars with more history than Kurt Cobain's acoustic one, which he played during Nirvana's 1993 " MTV Unplugged ". Lee even filmed himself chasing a limousine for several miles that he thought I was a passenger in.

Three more Ohio E. coli cases linked to lettuce
Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty represent people sickened with E. coli O157:H7 infections and HUS.

Seven Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards
Five Canisius programs recognized were men's cross country , golf , men's swimming and diving, men's track and field and rowing . The aggregate 2016-17 Academic Progress Rate data for all NCAA Division I institutions will be announced later this month.

US, Gulf Arab states place sanctions on Hezbollah leadership
Specifically, OFAC, together with Gulf partners, designated Hasan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah. The sanctions target Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, his deputy Naim Qassem and other figures and entities.

OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition Launched in China Alongside Regular Variants
As far as the photography department is concerned, we already told you that the smartphone has a dual camera setup at the back. The secondary rear camera is a 20 MP f/1.7 unit that uses pixel-binning technology to improve the quality of low-light images.

Whitney Houston was 'sexually abused', film claims
Dee Dee is said to have struggled with narcotics addition and died in 2008 , aged 63. She was a attractive woman, but she was never particularly sexy.

Kane on 'amazing' Salah: 'I haven't seen Mo to talk with him'
With 44 goals and 14 assists in 52 games for club and country, Salah has placed himself among the world's elite forwards. Klopp's players reassemble in Marbella on Wednesday after a couple of days off for a short training camp.