State Dept. Has 'Serious Concerns' For Safety Of Utah Man Imprisoned In Venezuela 'They want to kill me': American in Venezuela prison riot pleads for help in video The Latest: Jailed Utah man not among inmates transferred Utah Mormon jailed in Venezuela begs for help inside prison taken over by inmates Venezuela inmates seize control of prison ahead of presidential election

State Dept. Has 'Serious Concerns' For Safety Of Utah Man Imprisoned In Venezuela

Earlier this week, 26-year-old Joshua Holt, who has been jailed in the South American country since 2016, uploaded a video to Facebook expressing fear that fellow inmates were trying to kill him.

State Dept. He has yet to stand trial, and his confinement has become a major point of contention in the already fraught relations between Washington and Caracas. In a video posted Thursday, Joshua Holt said he was safe . Since joining the paper in 1994, he has served as bureau chief in Berlin, London, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and New York. The Helicoide also holds Utah's Joshua Holt, jailed for two years without trial.

'They want to kill me': American in Venezuela prison riot pleads for help in video

The Mormon missionary has been jailed in Venezuela for two years over accusations that he was trafficking weapons.

Inmates held at El Helicoide, the headquarters of Venezuela's secret service, say they took over part of its cell blocks. Have the best of VOA News delivered directly to your inbox each day. Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son, Joshua Holt, at her home, in Riverton, Utah. Autocrat Nicolás Maduro is expected to easily win. Mia Love (R-Utah) said Wednesday that she also had received assurances that Holt was out of immediate danger.

The Latest: Jailed Utah man not among inmates transferred

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Protests within the Helicoide began against prison authorities who political dissidents accused of torture and human rights violations. This has been taken over peacefully by all the political prisoners and all the prisoners who are abducted here, who are tortured daily,” one man is quoted as saying in a video. They say they did so after a political prisoner was beaten. Caracas resident Yesabel Brito was among the angry crowd Thursday pacing outside the building known as the Helicoide.

Utah Mormon jailed in Venezuela begs for help inside prison taken over by inmates

A Mormon missionary held prisoner in Venezuela begged for his freedom, claiming that an inmate revolt has put his life at risk.

JUST WATCHED American jailed in Venezuela fears for life Replay More Videos ... International Confirm U.S. A photo of one of the prisoners, dissident Gregory Sanabria, surfaced on social media Thursday, showing severe injuries from a beating. Rioting and violence at Venezuelan prisons, which are notoriously overcrowded  and filled with weapons and drugs,  is not uncommon. More than 300 political prisoners are being held in Venezuela, according to pressure group Foro Penal.

Venezuela inmates seize control of prison ahead of presidential election

Inmates have revolted and taken control of a notorious prison in Venezuela, as the volatile country braces for presidential elections decried as illegitimate by regional leaders.

Your subscription supports journalism that matters. They're trying to break in. Footage posted on social media purported to show prisoners walking freely inside the facility, breaking cell locks and demanding their immediate release. International Arabic Español © 2018 Cable News Network. Mírate en esa cara. The violence reported this week in Caracas comes days before the country will hold a presidential election.

Holt family waiting for update on 'physical' and 'mental' integrity of Josh

Help me please united states, how long do I have to suffer unjustly in this place? Read more: Putin made a show of crossing the new Crimea bridge. Yahoo!-ABC News Network | © 2018 ABC News Internet Ventures. They're saying they want to kill me, they're saying they want me as their guarantee," Joshua Holt says in one clip, recorded inside Caracas' El Helicoide, or the Helix prison. ALERT If the United States does not promptly rescue Joshua Holt he could be lynched by Maduro's regime agents on next hours.

American trapped in Venezuelan prison riot continues his pleas for help

After two years in a Venezuelan jail, Joshua Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, is in the midst of a prison riot in Caracas. After inmates overtook the cell block demanding trials,...

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. Nauert the State Department had been in contact with a top Venezuelan diplomat seeking Holt's release on humanitarian grounds. They want to kill me and paint the... But he was upstaged by a cat. The Associated Press People shout "Freedom for prisoners" outside the political police SEBIN headquarters and jail in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, May 17, 2018.

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Holt was arrested shortly after his family said he traveled to Venezuela to marry Caleno, a fellow Mormon that he met online. Mr Ceballos, the former opposition mayor of the western city of San Cristóbal, said the inmates had taken control of parts of the jail. All rights reserved. In February, a top-ranking Republican aide, Caleb McCarry, met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela to discuss Holt's possible release.

Josh Holt, American Captive in Venezuela, Begs For Help In Prison Videos

The 26-year-old's plea comes amid rioting at the prison where he has been held without trial since 2016.

Lilian Tintori and an opposition lawmaker tweeted a video  about 10:55 p.m. showing relatives in tears waiting outside of the prison, as a series of buses with escorts passed by. I am a political prisoner, and they won’t let me free. His family has said that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mr Holt, a former Mormon missionary from Utah, travelled to Caracas in June 2016 to marry his Venezuelan girlfriend.

Venezuela political prisoners 'revolt' at Caracas jail

Anxious relatives gather after reports of an uprising in a former shopping centre now used as a jail.

Joshua Holt y otros ciudadanos estadounidenses están en peligro. After two 20-second videos and messages were published on Holt's Facebook account asking for help, officials with the U.S. Inside the prison, all the prisoners are in control. The U.S. While waiting for their US visas, Mr Holt and his wife were detained in her family's house in Caracas and accused of hiding weapons. The Two-Way is the place to come for breaking news, analysis and for stories that are just too interesting – or too entertaining – to pass up.

US Urges Venezuela to Release US Citizen After Prison Riot

State Department says Venezuela 'is responsible for safety of all detainees in its prison system, including US citizens in detention'

They won't give me a true trial." It's unclear how he was able to record the videos nor how he accessed the internet from the center for high-profile prisoners. Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek Saab later stopped short of claiming the government had regained full control of the detention center in the capital, saying the situation had "normalized". Embassy in Venezuela confirmed he was among the other U.S. citizens who were imprisoned there.

Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Mr Holt said he was fearing for his life. "They're outside, they're trying to break in, they're saying they're going to kill me," the 26-year-old said as shouts could be heard. Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, was jailed in 2016 days after he traveled to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online. Joshua Holt y otros ciudadanos estadounidenses están en peligro.

The Latest: Inmate families gather at police headquarters

The Latest on Venezuela's presidential election campaign (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Families are gathered outside the Venezuelan intelligence police headquarters, demanding answers a day after inmates held there posted urgent pleas for help online.

An estimated 340 inmates are held in the Helicoide, a building run by Venezuela's political police. The footage appears to show prisoners walking freely about the facility while others break locks and demand their release. Saab rejected prisoner claims of torture, extortion and minors being held inside the center. The U.S. In The News... Oath Inc. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

I can say he's probably okay right now,” she said . Follow @AlexHortonTX Anthony Faiola is The Washington Post’s South America/Caribbean bureau chief. Caracas resident Yesabel Brito was among the angry crowd Thursday pacing outside the building known as the Helicoide. The prison takeover comes just days before Venezuela's presidential election, which expected to be handed to current President Nicolas Maduro despite the staggering economic crisis there.