TIJUANA — Police stormed a troubled state prison in this border city Wednesday after violence erupted for the second time in four days.
Baja California state authorities regained control of La Mesa State Penitentiary within hours and said there were no fatalities. But rumors of deaths and injuries in the prison spurred continued turmoil outside the walls, where a crowd of hundreds had gathered, pelting authorities with rocks and blocking ambulances as they tried to leave.
The protesters, most of whom have relatives at La Mesa, had kept vigil since a riot Sunday left three inmates dead. They have accused authorities of lying about the number of deaths and injuries in the Sunday melee, and those accusations continued after Wednesday's outbreak.
It was unclear what caused the new uprising, which began in the afternoon. Some inmates tried unsuccessfully to break through a prison wall, authorities said.