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Mel Gibson film: Relatives protest transfer of prison inmates

By Sandy Sand     Jan 10, 2010 in Entertainment
Relatives of the 300 inmates who were transferred from Ignacio Allende prison in Veracruz, Mexico, to make way for the filming of Mel Gibson’s latest movie, protested outside prison.
The brief scuffle with police yesterday, was brought about by discontented families whose relatives were removed to four other facilities. Families contended to no avail that it wasn’t fair, and now they will be forced to make much longer trips to visit their incarcerated loved ones .
Approximately 1,200 prisoners will remain at the Veracruz facility, said prison officials.
As reported here by Andrew Moran on Dec. 6, 2009:
Veracruz Gov. Fidel Herrera said that part of the prison had to be emptied for a Gibson film, which is scheduled to begin filming in April.
Gibson made the visit in April 2008.Herrera said, “A grand production will be filmed there with our friend, the actor and producer Mel Gibson.”
Gibson filmed the 2006 iconic Mayan-language film “Apocalypto” in Veracruz. He also donated $1 million to the region after huge storms damaged homes and businesses.
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