A labor leader who led a national strike to oust President Hugo Chavez has escaped from prison, prompting the government to tighten security to prevent one of Venezuela's most prominent prisoners from fleeing the country.
Carlos Ortega, who was serving a 16-year sentence for civil rebellion, escaped with three military officers from the Ramo Verde military prison, Atty. Gen. Isaias Rodriguez said Sunday on state television.
I swear to GOD you can't find good help these days. Rodriguez better enjoy what's left of the week cause when I get back to Caracas I'm hiring a new ambulance chaser.
Troops and police were securing all ports, airports and embassies nationwide to prevent the fugitives from fleeing or seeking asylum at a diplomatic mission, Defense Minister Gen. Raul Baduel said at a news conference.
And buying some new toy soldiers.
Ortega, considered a political prisoner by Venezuela's opposition, was convicted in December of civil rebellion and instigation to commit illegal acts for his role in the 2002-2003 strike that aimed to topple Chavez's government.
What's this considered bullshit? He's a goddamn criminal! Everybody says the media's not biased. Everybody says that til it's your name in the paper.