By Euro Weekly News Media • 03 June 2015 • 8:24
A SERIES of violent incidents at the Fontcalent Prison psychiatric wing in Alicante has led to prisoners being transferred to a Seville secure centre.One prisoner was attacked with a chair, sustaining serious injury to his skull and this was the second event involving the same man, who allegedly set fire to his mattress the week before.A second transfer was authorised for another prisoner who allegedly physically attacked and wounded four prison officials in a separate incident.The spate of violence comes as unions complain that there is inadequate staff to meet the necessary security requirements for 300 prisoners at the Fontcalent facility. It was revealed there were 49 open vacancies for staff positions at the prison that had not yet been filled, and with summer holiday entitlements looming the situation is likely to worsen.A representative of the Professional Association of Prison Officers (APFP) said: “The situation is intolerable,” after it emerged that the Secretary General for Prisons, Angel Yuste, had failed to attend crisis talks.APFP reported that the employees attacked were still in a state of shock and one of them kept repeating: “We thought we would be killed. I believed we would not get out of there alive.”
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