Toulouse: 200 Detainees Refuse to Return to their Cells at Seysses Prison

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200 detainees refuse to return to their cell at Seysses prison in Toulouse.

Since 3.30pm, after their exercise period, 200 detainees refused to return to their cell, Seysses prison in Toulouse on Tuesday 17th April, 2018. For the second day in a row.

….. UPDATED 6.59pm …..

The 200 detainees joined their cell 
According to our information, the 200 or so detainees who had made a new protest all returned to their cell after the intervention of the Eris Police Force. At first, 80 inmates, who were in the first courtyard of Seysses prison, returned to the walls of the prison. The other 140 detainees, who were in the second courtyard of the prison, then returned to their cell shortly before 7 pm

The tension is still high at the seysses prison near Toulouse , after the death of an inmate, which occurred on the night of Saturday 14th April to Sunday 15th April, 2018.

200 inmates are in prison

According to information, since 3.30pm, at the end of their tour, about 200 detainees refused to return to their cell , Tuesday, April 17, 2018. They still protest following the death of a prisoner from Toulouse, who had been found dead by hanging. The detainees occupy the two outer courts of the prison.

The regional intervention and security teams, the elite prison corps, were called to the scene. At 6.30 pm, the Eris had been reintegrated into a courtyard with some 80 detainees, and were attempting to re-enter the second courtyard, where there were 140 inmates.

The hypothesis of suicide confirmed by the Toulouse prosecutor’s office

The prosecutor’s office in Toulouse , which opened a judicial investigation for “search for the causes of death,” told AFP that “the autopsy had confirmed the hypothesis of suicide.”

Except that for several days, rumors, propagated in particular by detainees via social networks, indicating that the supervisors of Seysses prison would be the cause of the death of the man aged 26, do not fade.

Already the day before, a similar protest movement

The Seysses remand center has 615 places, but according to the International Prison Observatory,  nearly 1,000 detainees  were staying there as of 1st January 2018.

On Monday, April 16, 2018, 90 detainees had already decided not to return to their cells following their outing. They had finally agreed to return after several hours of negotiations, but the situation remained very tense since Monday night, although no major incident was to be deplored.


Two nights of urban violence in Toulouse

Recall that for two days, the social context is very tense in Toulouse, where urban violence erupted on Sunday 15th April and Monday 16th April, 2018, especially in the neighbourhood of Mirail. Violence that occurred following the death of this detainee but also following the arrest of a woman fully veiled on Sunday 15th April, in the afternoon.

On the night of Monday to Tuesday, 18 people were arrested during these urban violence protests.

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