Several riots and massacres have hit Brazil’s overcrowded prisons this month, all of them involving suspected drug gangs.
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Brazil struggles to curb prison violence that has killed 125Brazilian authorities are scrambling to stop a wave of prison violence that has killed at least 125 inmates in two weeks, many with their heads cut off or their hearts and intestines ripped out. National guard troops are being dispatched to hot spots, thousands of inmates are being shuffled among prisons and Temer has announced plans to build five new lockups. Meanwhile, justice authorities are examining ways to speed up a legal process that keeps thousands locked up for months or years while their cases are processed.After several days of relative calm, 26 inmates were killed late Saturday in clashes inside two adjoining prisons in the northern state of Rio Grande do Norte.Authorities said military police would not enter the prisons until daylight Sunday because it was too dangerous.Authorities said First Command members instigated the bloodshed against other prisoners for motives not entirely clear. Ten other inmates were killed in smaller prison clashes in Amazonas and the northeastern state of Paraiba during the first few days of the month.
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