Amazonas Calls for Federal Aid After Manaus Prison Massacre

Officials confirm that some of the prisoners were beheaded and dismembered in what is being considered one of the bloodiest prison riots in Brazil's history.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The government of Amazonas called for the federal government's help to combat drug trafficking and strengthen the security of state prisons. The request for support was a result of the murder of at least sixty prisoners from the Anísio Jobim Penitentiary Complex (COMPAJ), in Manaus, during a rebellion that began on Sunday afternoon (January 1st) and lasted more than seventeen hours.

Faced with the request and situation in Amazonas, which is already considered the third bloodiest episode in the history of the Brazilian prison system, the Minister of . . .

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