Glendairy Prison, the only prison in Barbados had a major fire yesterday. Three buildings were burnt down as a rebellion started amongst the prisoners. The cause of the rebellion. Apparently a homosexual prisoner attempted to assault another prisoner and this led to a big fracas as friends of the victim attacked the assaulter. (Insert stereotypical joke about bajan men here).
Giving the update on the situation at the 150-year-old prison during a nationally televised press conference at Government Headquarters last night, Deputy Prime Minister and Attorney General Mia Mottley said while seven prisoners and six prison warders had been injured, with one of those inmates shot in the arm during yesterdays incident, there was no loss of life.
She revealed too, that the reason for the upheaval may have started from yesterday with an incident where one male inmate tried to sexually assault other male inmates.
According to Mottley, the affected inmates complained, they were not happy with the response to their complaint, and the situation reached the point where yesterday's incident occurred.
And another article relating the prisoners position said
“Dis was ’bout dealing with de [homosexuals] in hey
because de people in charge ain’t doing nothing ’bout
Another prisoner who joined the conversation said:
“People feel dem got a lot of [homosexuals] in here
but dat ain’t true. A few people in hey walking ’bout
feeling dem could [have sex] wid anybody dem want.
“A man try to defend heself from somebody dat want to
[have sex] wid he and get stab and den the prison
warder come and rough up de li’l man. Dah can’ be
right. We does move wid de li’l man so we went fuh he.
We lick he wid sticks and rocks, man every . . . we
could get we hand ’pon. We din’ troubling no officers,
but [name of officer] fire a shot from in de room dat
does have in de guns and everybody run.”
Maybe they'll find a way to blame this on dancehall music.
There are also reports that while being detained in the farm area of the prison after the fire broke out inmates had themselves a little feast killing chickens, picking coconuts and roasting breadfruit while waiting to be carried to alternate detention facilities. Imagine that!
Anyway sounds like everything is under control now. 14 persons taken to hospital, no fatalities and apparently no escapees.