Brazil: Prisoners capture over 120 hostages following riot
Authorities in Brazil are working to free 122 hostages taken during a prison riot in the country’s state of Sergipe. The Sunday AFP report says negotiations have begun to rescue “mainly visitors” and “family members” of the inmates.
“The riot is only in one wing of the prison,” prison spokesperson Sandra Melo said as she noted that most of the captured were relatives visiting an inmate.
“We don’t believe that the inmates will hurt their own relatives,” Mauricio Iunes, the head of military police in the state of Sergipe, told the G1 news website.
Four prison guards were also held captive. “They are being threatened inside there,” said Iunes.
The Conectas, an NGO specializing in inmate rights details that the “Brazil’s prison population is 548,000, but the country has space for only 340,000.”
Brazil has been in unrest, with regular protests, ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Fan violence at local soccer games has made headlines regularly over the last year – to read on this incident in Dec, 2013 click HERE
With all of that said, there are no soccer games scheduled in Sergipe.