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Homs Prison Erupts in Protest Against Regime Violations of Detainees

Detainees prevented authorities from entering facility with one inmate attempting to self-immolate in protest against torture of prisoners, Alsouria Net writes
Homs Prison Erupts in Protest Against Regime Violations of Detainees

Hundreds of inmates in Homs Central Prison on Tuesday continued to protest against violations practiced against detainees by the Assad regime's prison administration.

According to voice recordings sent by a number of prisoners over the internet to the Turkish Anadolu agency, regime forces had accused detainees of digging tunnels to flee the prison and subsequently carried out brutal investigations.

The prisoners said in the recordings that the security forces had tortured 10 prisoners during investigations, which caused discontent to grow to the point of disobedience.

The recordings noted that prisoners began their protest yesterday after closing the prison gates, which resulted in security forces shooting tear gas at them from elevated positions.

They said that the situation in the prison was extremely grim, as the regime had blocked the entry of medicine to the prisoners, who face continuous pressure from security forces.

The prisoners added, according to the recordings, that they had formed a committee that would negotiate with the regime and present their demands if the authorities agreed to speak.

A video recording showed one prisoner attempting to burn himself in protest of the terrible conditions in the prison, with his cellmates immediately acting to extinguish the fire and save him from death.

In the Homs Central Prison there are more than 500 prisoners, including a large number of political prisoners who were arrested after the start of the revolution in 2011.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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