Published On: Tue, Jul 30th, 2019

Inmates violence in Brazil prison kills 57

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A fight between Rio de Janeiro-based Comando Vermelho and a local criminal group Comando Classe A erupted at around 7 a.m. in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil and resulted with the death of 57 prisoners on Monday.

According to Para state prison authorities said the Comando Classe A leaders set fire to a cell in which members of Comando Vermelho were housed.

State prisons chief Jarbas Vasconcelos the fire spread rapidly and prevented the force to enter the building.

He added, “It was a targeted attack. The aim was to show that it was a settling of accounts between the two groups, not a protest or rebellion against the prison system.”

After the riot the authorities failed to find any firearms inside the prison apart from some makeshift knives.

It is learned forty-six inmates will be transferred to other prisons and among them about ten members will be shifted to stricter federal facilities.

President Jair Bolsonaro won the election on several promises including to curb widespread violence in the country.

Inmates violence in Brazil prison kills 57

He had vowed to curb violence in overcrowded prisons too.

A report released by the National Justice Council lately reveals the prison has a capacity of 163 inmates but is housing 343 detainees.

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