Venezuela Launches Commission to Investigate Prison Riot

Relatives of inmates react outside a detention center of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, where a riot occurred according to relatives in Caracas

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.

The disturbance, the extent of which was not immediately known, has come days before a presidential election which has Venezuelans on edge.

"I need help. So they've taken the entire prison where I'm at". They are saying that they want to kill me.

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. Embattled head of state Nicolas Maduro, running for a second six-year period, is expected to win, having the banned the Opposition party and candidates and running against hand-picked candidates, amidst repression, vast censorship and widespread vote-buying, with the government conditioning sales of subsidized food and the adjudication of several bonuses to pro-Maduro votes on Sunday. "That delegation spoke to a representative of the prisoners to respond to their requests", chief prosecutor Tarek Saab tweeted.

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.

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Josh Holt, 26, can be seen in a Facebook video pleading for help from the USA government after claiming that the prison "has fallen" to people wanting to kill him.

The inmates were demanding due process rights like speedier hearings and the immediate freedom for prisoners who have received a judge's release order.

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

His trial on weapons charges was scheduled to start on Tuesday but Mr Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, were not taken to the court house by their jailers at El Helicoide, headquarters to Venezuela's feared Sebin intelligence police.

In the videos, Holt also called on Americans to step up to get him out, since he's been asking the government for help for years to no avail.

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Venezuela's Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Todd Robinson, the chargé d'affaires at the US embassy, went to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry for information, the embassy added.

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

"Joshua Holt and other USA citizens are in danger. 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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