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Krabi prison dorm ablaze in second riot

14 prisoners reported injured as rioting erupts for second day over handling of Covid

A building at the Krabi prison was set ablaze on Friday evening following the second riot in as many days at the facility over the handling of Covid-19 cases.

The Krabi Pitakpracha Foundation reported at 5pm that a fire was spreading quickly through a dormitory building at the prison. No other details were given.

Channel 7 News subsequently reported that some inmate leaders had set the fire and that it was doused at 7.20pm.

Thai PBS said 14 prisoners were injured as warders fired rubber bullets to end the riot, and 31 leaders were detained.

The latest incident erupted around 5.30pm as health and security officials were trying to screen inmates with rapid antigen kits, prior to moving some to other prisons, Thai PBS reported.

It followed a riot on Thursday night involving 400 male prisoners at the facility in the southern province. They were demanding that some 300 prisoners infected with Covid be treated at hospitals instead of being kept inside the prison, which houses more than 2,100 people.

Thai PBS said about 400 inmates had been transferred so far to other prisons, leaving about 1,700 still inside the compound. All of the remaining inmates were scheduled to be moved to another prison nearby later on Friday night

. (Photo from Krabi Pitakpracha Foundation)

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