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Brazil prisoners take over 120 hostages - official

Published time: May 18, 2014 04:04
Edited time: May 18, 2014 05:37
Reuters / Paulo Whitaker

Reuters / Paulo Whitaker

Prisoners in Brazil’s northeastern state of Sergipe took 122 hostages during a riot at the facility on Saturday, AFP quoted a prison official as saying. Four prison officers are among the hostages most of whom are relatives who were visiting the prison.

"The riot is only in one wing of the prison," the facility's spokeswoman, Sandra Melo, said. At this point, the situation in the city of Aracaju has deescalated and negotiations to release the hostages will resume early Sunday. One of the prison officers held in captivity has a minor injury to the head, reported Brazilian Globo News.

When the unrest kicked off in the facility, the rioting prisoners killed two police dogs and took visitors hostage. The rioters have a number of demands including prisoner transfers, better treatment and more lenient visiting hours. The head of the group is also demanding the presence of a reporter from local television news.

Commander General of the Military Police of Sergipe, Mauricio Iunes, told Globo News that they do not consider the visiting family members hostages.

“Relatives are not considered hostages although they are unable to leave the facility. We do not believe the inmates would hurt members of their own families,” he said, adding that the four officers are considered hostages.

Police are now in negotiations with the prisoners, but say they are uncertain how long the hostage situation will last.

The prison in Aracaju is a high security facility and holds around 480 criminals convicted of crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery and larceny. The last rebellion at the facility happened in 2012 and lasted 26 hours.

Comments (5)

 

Odzer Chenma 18.05.2014 16:33

Another lunatic in charge:

Com mander General of the Military Police of Sergipe, Mauricio Iunes, told Globo News that they do not consider the visiting family members hostages.

Relatives are not considered hostages although they are unable to leave the facility. We do not believe the inmates would hurt members of their own families,” he said, adding that the four officers are considered hostages.

 

Armando Rivera-Carretero 18.05.2014 15:00

In the USA the crime business is being carried out by the huge penal industry that has grown and coalesced around "crime". This industry is very powerful business making billions of dollars profit every year and has a vested interest in the incarceration of more and more citizens. In New York it costs the State over $50,000 to keep a citizen in prison for one year; more that to pay for a year at Harvard. Clearly there's something very wrong here. This is not just a travesty of justice but a grave misallocation of resources.

 

Armando Rivera-Carretero 18.05.2014 14:54

Well, nobody likes to be in prison, specially if they treat you like a lower life form. Let's remember that crime is a social ill, not solely a personal question. Every time a crime is committed, it is a sign of society's failure. Society fails its members but only the person gets punished. Where's society's punishment for its failure?

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