BRAZIL: On Sunday evening, 56 killed and 144 prisoners escaped in brutal fighting between two gangs in a Brazilian jail. Rioting inmates decapitated their rivals in brutal fighting between two gangs.
At the scene, an AFP photographer said that Bloodied and burned bodies were stacked in a concrete prison yard and piled in carts. The department later lowered the death toll to 56 from an earlier count of 60.
State Public Security Secretary – Sergio Fontes said that it was “the biggest massacre” ever committed at a prison in the state.
Heavily armed police forces hunted for dozens of inmates who escaped through a series of tunnels discovered at the Anisio Jobim penitentiary complex.
In a news conference, Fontes said that Police finally restored order at the prison on Monday morning, freeing 12 guards who had been taken hostage. Many were beheaded and they all suffered a lot of violence.
The gruesome scene appeared aimed at sending a message from the Family of the North (FDN), a powerful local gang, to rivals from the First Capital Command (PCC), one of the largest gangs of Brazil. The base of PCC is in Sao Paulo.
Fontes told local radio network Tirandentes that during the negotiations (to end the riot), the prisoners had almost no demands. We think that they had already done what they wanted: kill members of the rival organization.
The history of Brazil Jail Riot:
In October, deadly riots broke out at three prisons, blamed on fighting between members of the two largest gangs of the country – the PCC and the Red Command (CV).
The authorities said that Rioting inmates took visitors hostage, beheaded rivals and burned others alive, killing 33 people in all.
In 1992, a riot in Carandiru prison, Sao Paulo left 111 people dead.
The prisons of the Brazil are often controlled by drug gangs, whose turf wars on the outside are also fought out among inmates.
Fontes said that What did we see in this case? One gang fighting another because each wants more money. The fight is for money and space.
Brazil has struggled for years against a lucrative and violent drug trade.
Lawyer and Activist- Marcos Fuchs said that the problem starts with overcrowding. When you put inmates from rival gangs in the same prison unit, the state has no control over what happens inside.
As per the report of Justice Ministry of Brazil that some 622,000 people were imprisoned in Brazil as of the end of 2014, most of them black males. That makes it the world’s fourth-largest prison population after the USA, China and Russia.