Deadly prison rebellion in Brazil enters another day

Aug 26, 2014

A deadly prison riot in southern Brazil has entered another day, with two prison guards still being held by rebelling inmates. Video: Reuters

A deadly prison riot in southern Brazil entered its second day yesterday with two prison guards still being held by rebelling inmates.

Four inmates were killed during rioting on Sunday after two were apparently decapitated and another two were thrown off the roof of the Cascavel State Penitentiary in western Parana state which borders Paraguay and Argentina.

The riot started while inmates were being served their breakfast on Sunday morning and has continued for more than 30 hours as they demand better conditions within the overcrowded state-run corrections facility.

The prisoners took to the roof of the facility and burned mattresses and other materials. At one point, some unfurled a flag representing a criminal gang that works inside of the prison.

Police forces were called in to protect the surrounding areas as negotiations are held with the inmates.

Dozens of the more than 1,000 prisoners housed here were evacuated and taken to nearby prisons because they had been threatened by the leaders of the rebellion.

Family members of prisoners blocked a highway and roads leading to the prison on Sunday as negotiations continued.

Reuters

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