>> Venezuela's government broke its silence about a deadly jail riot, finally sending condolences to relatives and promising an investigation. At least 68 people died in Valencia, about 90 miles west of Caracas on Wednesday in Venezuela's most lethal prison riot in nearly 2 decades. The riot broke out at a jail attached to a police station that was designed to hold just 60 people.
At the time of the riot, it contained around 200. During the fight, some inmate set mattresses on fire and the blaze quickly grew out of control, claiming dozens of lives.>> They burned him. My son is completely destroyed and burned. They destroyed them all. They violated their human rights.
They let them die burned up. Laws don't exist here.>> On Thursday, relatives of the inmates waited in anguish to collect bodies or to verify that their jailed relatives were alive. The government is yet to issue a statement detailing the cause of the disaster. Venezuela's opposition has criticized President Nicolas Maduro's response.
He has yet to personally speak about the incidents and has instead been tweeting about Easter holidays, a visit by a Hollywood actor Danny Glover, and the upcoming presidential election.