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Inmates set fire to their prison in Columbia to protest against the lack of precautions against Coronavirus (Photos/Video)

About 400 inmates carried out a riot and set fire to their prison to protest against the lack of precautions against Coronavirus.

The riot took place at Neiva prison in Rivera in the Huila Department in south-eastern Colombia.

One of the inmates was seen in a viral video shouting as he holds onto the metal bars while fire can be seen blazing inside the prison courtyard. 

Inmates set fire to their prison in Columbia to protest against the lack of precautions against Coronavirus (Photos/Video)

According to local media, 400 prisoners started the riot to protest against the cut of the water supply and prison workers not taking precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus when entering into facilities.

Inmates set fire to their prison in Columbia to protest against the lack of precautions against Coronavirus (Photos/Video)

The prisoners reportedly started a hunger strike at the same time and burnt mattresses from some of the prison cells. 

The National Penitentiary and Prison Institute stopped the riot with the help of the police and firefighters, local media reported.

Watch the video below. 

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