BY FABIOLA SANCHEZ
A prison uprising that caused seven deaths ended peacefully on its 27th day Wednesday when hundreds of inmates emerged from the embattled Rodeo II prison after negotiations with officials, Venezuelan authorities said.
Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said on state television that the National Guard had taken control of the prison from inmates and that “we’ve managed for all of them to come down to the patios.” (See the 25 crimes of the century.)
“We celebrate the triumph of peace, dialogue,” El Aissami said.
He said the standoff had been resolved after long talks with the rebelling inmates, including a guarantee from authorities to the prisoners that they would not be harmed.
Information Minister Andres Izarra wrote via Twitter that 831 inmates had come out of the prison.
After regaining control of the facility, officials began searching for inmates’ weapons, El Aissami said.