9 killed in prison riot in Brazil

Elias Hubbard
January 2, 2018

A riot in the Brazilian prison complex Aparecida de Goiania on Monday resulted in nine dead and fourteen wounded.

On New Year's Day, a group of armed inmates entered three cell blocks where rival gang members were kept.

Clashes erupted at about 2 p.m. local time Monday when inmates from one wing of the Colônia Agroindustrial prison in the Aparecida de Goiânia Complex in the city of Goiânia broke into another wing. Dozens more died at a prisons in Roraima state and Rio Grande do Norte.

The police authorities however disclosed that they had regained control of the prison, just as it disclosed that about 30 of the escaped inmates have been re-arrested while about 80 remain at large.

One of the dead prisoners was beheaded, according to O Estado de São Paulo.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Justice, the prison population in Brazil reached 726,712, an increase of 104,000 people since 2014, making it the third-largest prison population in absolute numbers in the world, behind the United States and China.

Violence is not uncommon in Brazil's sprawling and overcrowded prison system, which is dominated by gangs and drug trafficking syndicates. Less than two weeks later 26 prisoners were killed in another riot.

That riot, which was rooted in a long-standing gang rivalry, came at the beginning of a January marred by widespread prison violence, with 130 prisoners dying in the first 20 days of 2017.

A day later, four prisoners were killed at the Puraquequara Prison Unit in the same state.

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