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Prison Riot Crushed in Venezuela

On January 12, 1993, Venezuelan police used tear gas to quell a riot in Fort Tiuna of about a hundred soldiers and civilians, who were tried for rebellion for their participation in a November 27, 1992, coup attempt. The riot was crushed with tear gas by police and Virginia Contreras, defense lawyer to some 20 of the imprisoned soldiers, said she also hear shots. All journalists were ejected from the scene.

According to Radio Caracas, at least 180 of the 240 people tried in relation to the Nov. 27 coup attempt were sentenced and the rest absolved. 180 rebels got sentences of 18 to 20 years. The maximum sentence in Venezuela is 30 years.
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