The only detail that was slightly amiss was the venue itself: a Venezuelan maximum security prison. But, then again, it was the only place available. Thats because Arenas, a top Venezuelan prison gang leader whos doing hard time on sexual assault charges, currently resides there. But being an inmate didnt stop him and his bride from having their storybook wedding, and then paying two local newspapers to publish their photos on their society pages with a story that gave a cheerful account of what transpired behind the prisons walls. This is a gesture of love, peace, union and harmony that Barinas, Venezuela and the world should know about, reads the paid-for story published in the daily La Prensa. With this gesture of love and brotherhood, Mr Jeanpier Arenasshows the state, the country and the world, that genuine change is possible. Prison gang leader Jeanpier Arenas poses for a picture with his bride Angelica Morales For many Venezuelans though, the lavish prison wedding is a sign of something else. The government has lost control of penitentiaries in this country, said Ronna Risquez, a reporter for local news site Runrunes. Nowadays, a person who committed a crime can obtain access to luxuries and privileges that regular people can only dream of. Risquez obtained several of the original wedding pictures this week from a confidential source, and republished them on her site , where they have sparked angry discussions on the lawlessness that seems to pervade Venezuelas prisons. She kindly shared some of those wedding pictures with us.
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