Prison Riot Leaves at Least 52 Inmates Dead in Brazil’s Pará State

According to the state government, the massacre was prompted by a confrontation between prisoners from rival criminal factions; some have been beheaded and others killed by suffocation.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A riot in the Regional Correctional Facility in Altamira, State of Pará, which broke out on Monday morning, July 29th, presumably as a result of a confrontation between rival criminal factions, left at least 52 detainees dead.

Officials from the Pará Penitentiary System (Susipe), speaking at a news conference, said that sixteen of the dead were decapitated. According to Susipe, two prison officers were taken hostage, but released in the early afternoon, when the riot was apparently under control.

Susipe says the riot began when detainees from block A, where prisoners from a criminal organization are . . .

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