Prison Riot Leaves 25 Dead in Brazil’s Amazon Region

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Twenty-five prisoners died on Sunday (October 16th) during a riot at the Agricultural Penitentiary of Monte Cristo, in Boa Vista, in the Amazon-region state of Roraima. According to local officials, the riot started with a fight between two gangs within the prison.

The confrontation between two gangs inside the prison began during visiting hours. One hundred family members, there on their weekly visit, were taken hostage . . .

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