Camp Street Prison inmates temporarily housed at the Lusignan jail yesterday morning protested the conditions under which they are being kept and attempted to set the facility on fire but quick work by the Guyana Fire Service prevented what could have been a major disaster.
Stabroek News was reliably informed that the disturbance erupted around 2am yesterday and lasted for about 20 minutes. It followed heavy rain on Thursday night, which flooded the pasture where hundreds of prisoners are being kept in rough conditions.
This newspaper was told that following the heavy rainfall, the prisoners were asked to disperse to the edge of the compound, which was not affected by the flood. This apparently triggered rage among the inmates, who began to throw bricks and channa bombs into the holding centre of the prison.