Juvenile convicts torch Guyana detention center

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Juvenile convicts torched their detention center in western Guyana, sparking the deployment of riot police, an official said.

Permanent Secretary Alfred King in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports told reporters Aug. 23 that the blaze started when a female inmate set fire to one of nine buildings in the complex. Two buildings burned down.

King said riot police were deployed by road and river to the facility, which houses 180 inmates and is located some 80 miles (129 kilometers) west of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown.

The youths have been convicted of crimes such as burglary, sexual assault and the use and trafficking of drugs.
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