Brazil Riot : 60 inmates Killed, many beheaded in Brazil City of Manaus – This kind of riot has never been witnessed before, despite the fact that prison riots as been taking place in Brazil before. At least 60 inmates have been killed, many of them decapitated, in a prison riot in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, officials said on Monday.
Brazil’s prisons riots are common, but that in Manaus, which included decapitated bodies thrown over the walls of the penitentiary, ranks among the bloodiest in recent decades.
Officials expressed dismay over the scenes of slaughter in the Compaj prison, which held more than 1,200 inmates, about triple its official capacity.
The 17-hour riot broke out Sunday afternoon and lasted through the night at a prison on the outskirts of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, said state public security secretary Sergio Fontes.
He called it “the biggest massacre” ever committed at a prison in the state.
An AFP photographer said that Bloodied and burned bodies were stacked in a concrete prison yard and piled in carts.
The state public security secretary, Fontes said that Police were able to restore order at the prison on Monday morning, freeing 12 guards whom have been taking Hostages.
“During the negotiations to end the riot, the prisoners had almost no demands,” Fontes told local radio network Tiradentes.
“We think they had already done what they wanted: kill members of the rival organization.“
Authorities have counted 60 bodies so far, all of them inmates, the head of the state’s prisons administration, Pedro Florencio, told journalists.
Brazil’s prisons need 50 percent more capacity to handle the current number of inmates, the justice ministry report found.
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