At least 57 prisoners died, 16 of them beheaded, yesterday morning at a prison in Pará, making it the country’s deadliest prison rebellion this year.
According to the state penitentiary system, two criminal factions disputed for control of the prison, leading them to riot.
The Comando Class A (CCA) is the opponent of Rio Comando Vermelho (CV), which has been expanding in the northern region. CCA members set fire to the cell of a rival-controlled pavilion, according to the official version.
Most of the deaths were due to asphyxiation.
Justice Minister Sergio Moro lamented the incident and on social media insisted that the leaders of the rebellion serve life in prison.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon