Troops moved into Kingston jail in Ontario, Canada, today (Friday April 16) in an attempt to have freed six guards which rioting prisoners have held since Wednesday (April 14th).
GV PAN Prison walls with men at walls.
LV Prison guard tower.
SCU PAN Officials entering prison.
CU Prisoners' delegate speaks SOF.
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): PRISONERS: "You can't believe what goes on in these places. You live outside these walls, right, and every day people talk about rehabilitation and all this crap, and it is crap because it doesn't exist in prisons. The commissioner of penitentiaries, you know, he's admitted it; the Attorney-General's admitted it......I ask you, we're agreeing with Is it asking too much to just help me to be a human being so that I can go out there and function like a man ?"
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Background: Troops moved into Kingston jail in Ontario, Canada, today (Friday April 16) in an attempt to have freed six guards which rioting prisoners have held since Wednesday (April 14th). The 135 riot-trained soldiers, armed with rifles and fixed bayonets, were today (Friday April 16th) still on duty around the prison. The 150 regular guards, on round-the-clock duty since Wednesday, have been relieved. The troops, however, cannot move in against the prisoners without specific orders from the chief warden.
This film, showing the prison and news conference inside, has a sound track with commentator's voice over for your guidance, and also sound of one of the prisoners speaking at the conference.
SYNOPSIS: Six guards were captured and held hostage and prisoners threatened to chop off their fingers following a riot in the Canadian Kingston, Ontario Penitentiary on Wednesday (April 14). Three other guards were also captured in the riot by 500 prisoners, but were released -- to take back to the authorities the grim threat to their colleagues. One finger would but cut off for every shot fired by guards, warned the prisoners, who were complaining of police brutality and conditions inside the prison.
During the early stages of the riot, sparked off by the transfer of some prisoners to a maximum-security prison, shots were fired over their heads. Since then, the guards have been relieved by one-hundred-thirty-five armed troops. One prisoner explained the grievances at a news conference.