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Usually, prisoners and their families like it when the prisoners get out of jail. But when it's Mel Gibson springing you, that's a different story.

Inmates and their relatives at the Allende prison in Veracruz, Mexico, are upset by the likelihood that they'll be transferred to make way for the filming of a Gibson movie there. Hundreds of relatives of the prisoners conducted a 24-hour protest outside the prison on Tuesday, according to a report in AFP. Usually, prisoners and their families like it when the prisoners get out of jail. But when it's Mel Gibson springing you, that's a different story.

Inmates and their relatives at the Allende prison in Veracruz, Mexico, are upset by the likelihood that they'll be transferred to make way for the filming of a Gibson movie there. Hundreds of relatives of the prisoners conducted a 24-hour protest outside the prison on Tuesday, according to a report in AFP.

Fidel Herrera Beltrane, the Veracruz state governor, had said Gibson needed space in the prison to film scenes for an upcoming movie. Previously, Variety reported that Gibson was to film 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation' in Veracruz. 'Vacation,' which Gibson wrote and will star in, follows a career criminal who gets arrested in Mexico and sent to a dangerous prison there. The project is being produced by Gibson's Icon Productions.

At Allende, the relatives stopped their protest when the prison's director told them that he had been given no plans to transfer the prisoners.

The relatives were upset because moving the inmates to other facilities "would create serious financial problems for a lot of the families" in their visits to relatives, said David Estevez, a prisoner's relative, to AFP. A banner held by one of the protesters read: "'Mel Gibson, it is your fault that they are going to be transferred," according to a report by the BBC.

Gibson previously had filmed the 2006 Mayan-language film drama 'Apocalypto' in Veracruz, and he donated $1 million toward hurricane relief in the Gulf of Mexico region in 2005, according to the AFP report.