Brazil Prison Riot Leaves at Least 57 Dead

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A prison riot between rival gangs at a detention facility in Altamira, Brazil left at least 57 incarcerated people dead, including at least 16 people who were decapitated, officials said. The deadly fight occurred in one of Brazil’s overcrowded prisons.

The riot allegedly started on July 29 when local gang Comando Classe A stormed one of the prison wings at the Regional Recovery Center in Altamira, in Pará State, controlled by their rival group, Comando Vermelho. Members of Comando Classe A reportedly set fire to part of the prison complex.

“Leaders of the (Comando Classe A) set fire to a cell belonging to one of the prison’s pavilions, where members of the (Comando Vermelho) were located,” Pará prison authorities said in a statement. Jarbas Vasconcelos, superintendent of the Pará prison system, said that the fire spread quickly with incarcerated people held in older container units that were adapted…

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