Brazil’s brutal prison massacres leave more than 30 inmates dead

January 16, 2017 | By | Reply More

The latest in a string of brutal prison massacres involving suspected gang members in Brazil has killed 30 inmates, most of whom were beheaded, officials said Sunday.

brutal prison massacresThe bloodbath erupted Saturday night in the overcrowded Alcacuz prison in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Similar violence at other jails in Brazil left around 100 inmates dead in early January.

“Thirty deaths have been verified,” the state’s public safety manager, Caio Bezerra, told a news conference.

Security forces stormed the prison at dawn and restored order after 14 hours of violence, the local authorities said.

Officials said members of two drug gangs clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison.

One family member said the authorities did not seem to be doing everything they could — even after she warned the prison director.

“The (prison) director even said he could not do anything” when told an uprising was looming, said Adriana Feliz, the sister an inmate.

“I told the director they were going to go in and kill everyone in Pavillion 4,” she added. “So why didn’t they do anything?”

President Michel Temer said on Twitter that the federal government stood ready to provide “all assistance necessary.”

Separately, officials in the southern state of Parana said 28 prisoners escaped from a jail in the city of Curitiba after inmates blew up a wall and fired on police.

– Prisoners armed –

At Alcacuz, security forces surrounded the prison but had to wait until first light Sunday to storm the site with armored vehicles, officials said.

– Drug gang war –

Violence in the first week of January left around 100 prisoners dead — many of them active gang members, the authorities said.

– Overcrowding –

Overcrowding exacerbates the problem, activists say.

The country’s jails hold 622,000 inmates, mostly young black men, according to a 2014 justice ministry report.

Brazil has the world’s fourth-largest prison population after the United States, China and Russia, according to the report.

Temer is under pressure over the issue.

After the two riots earlier this month, he announced the federal government would spend $250 million to build new prisons.

But human rights activists and experts questioned whether more prisons are the answer.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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