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Hundreds Riot in Prison in Mexico

July 24, 1999

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) _ Hundreds of law officers stormed a prison in this border city on Friday to quell a riot by inmates that left as many as 79 people injured, including 20 authorities, the government news agency and local media reported.

Police launched several canisters of tear gas and exchanged gunfire with inmates, who were rioting after the new prison warden reduced family visitations from six to two hours, city official Javier de Anda was quoted by the government news agency Notimex as saying. The prisoners were calling for the removal of Warden Andres Mendoza, local media reported.

Authorities had regained control of the institution by Friday evening.

At one point, smoke could be seen coming from inside the prison, which is located across the border from El Paso, Texas. The fires were later extinguished.

The Mexican news agency Notimex reported that 58 inmates, 20 local police and one state police official were injured.

The prison, built for 700, now currently houses more than 1,000 inmates.

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