Inmates set fire to Guyana’s main prison; several injured

At least two prison officers were reportedly shot and several others injured after inmates set fire to Guyana’s main prison in the capital Georgetown Sunday.

The riot began Sunday afternoon at Camp Street prison.

According to local media reports inmates overpowered female guards and seized control of their weapons, stormed the prison officer’s recreation centre and set it alight.

Stabroek News reports that at least six prison officers have been hospitalized with gun and chop wounds and inmates have been evacuated from the facility.

A number of prisoners are reported to be hospitalized.

Images from the area showed large crowds gathered outside the barb-wired compound as thick smoke billowed from the burning buildings.

Virtually all of the wooden buildings that made up the Georgetown Prison were burnt to the ground, including the capital block and part of the administrative building, Demerara Waves reports.

Reports say at least one prisoner has escaped.

Prison Chief, Gladwin Samuels said he received a report of an escape and he was on his way to the maximum security jail.


  1. Anonymous
    July 9, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I love it

  2. Anonymous
    July 9, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I am enjoying the news

  3. Anonymous
    July 10, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Built a new prison

  4. Anonymous
    July 10, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Your Law need to reformed the system need improvement the people needs to learn the wisdom of life

  5. Anonymous
    July 10, 2017 at 12:20 am

    The Sun could have burned that building down anyway

  6. sharon terrell
    July 10, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Wow listen to these comments,it seems to me that people love the fact that prisoners should not be in prison.But out on the streets,now one escape i hope he come to st.lucia at you’ll door step.You’ll love it.Understand you senseless among the people,and you fools.When will you be wise. He who planted your ears,expect thee to hear,he who planted your eyes expect ther to see.He who instructs the Nations shall he not correct and teach man knowledge.Criminals burning down prisons to plan escapes etc and commit more nurder and people celebrate.You’ll antennas to high and you’ll headplate smallIts time you’ll think righteousness and stop thinking evil and wrong.That picture.The only thing they should have all died,good riddance of evilness no value on earth wasted scums of the earth, they should have all burn up inthe prison damn criminals.

  7. Anonymous
    July 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    We will have to help Guyana by housing some of the inmates at Bordelais and the old Royal Gaol . Quick Quack.