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Inmates revolt at Venezuela detention center, Utah man pleads for help

17 May 2018, 05:28 | Erica Roy

People shout “Freedom for prisoners” outside the political police headquarters and jail on Thursday.—AP

People shout “Freedom for prisoners” outside the political police headquarters and jail on Thursday.—AP

Today, I learned Josh Holt was enduring a riot situation in his Venezuelan jail.

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

In a video seen on Twitter late on Wednesday Holt said, "I'm here to show you that I am not being kidnapped".

Holt was arrested after traveling to Venezuela in the summer of 2016 to marry a woman, a Venezuelan native, who he had met on a dating website.

In one video he said: 'I need help.

"I am not a political pawn, I am a human being, a child of God and I just want to live happy with my wife and children". His family has said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time of a raid in the Caracas neighborhood where his wife's family lives.

In the second video, Holt continues by "calling on the people of America" to get him out.

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

Many of those involved are opponents of President Nicolas Maduro, who is expected to stay in office despite a crushing economic crisis and protests against his regime. They're outside, they're trying to break in.

Venezuelan news media reported that political prisoners there are demanding an end to what they called torture and mistreatment of detainees, saying some inmates are minors and others are being held even though they have not been prosecuted. "That delegation spoke to a representative of the prisoners to respond to their requests", chief prosecutor Tarek Saab tweeted.

The Trump administration has suggested there are political motives for Mr Holt's continued detention. People here are dying we need help please send me help please send people to save me.

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

But people with close links to the political prisoners held there said the uprising had started after Gregory Sanabria was beaten up, allegedly by a non-political prisoner.

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

"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.

The U.S. embassy in Caracas said it was "very worried" about the situation at the Helicoide.

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

In a prior Facebook post on Holt's profile Wednesday, Holt appears to make a plea for USA officials to secure his release, saying he just wants to go home and be with his family.

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