Tuesday 21 November 2017

Brazil chief resigns after celebrating deaths of prisoners killed in jail riots

A man prepares a grave for an inmate killed in a prison riot, at the Parque Taruma cemetery, in Manaus, Brazil (AP Photo/Michael Dantas)
A man prepares a grave for an inmate killed in a prison riot, at the Parque Taruma cemetery, in Manaus, Brazil (AP Photo/Michael Dantas)

The Brazilian government's national secretary of youth has quit after celebrating the deaths of inmates killed in prison uprisings.

Youth Secretary Bruno Julio resigned on Friday. He had earlier declared that more inmates should be slain and there should be a mass prisoner killing per week. He also said the problem with prison killings is that "there aren't enough of them".

At least 31 inmates were killed on Friday in northern Brazil, some with their hearts and intestines ripped out during murders led by the country's largest gang.

The bloodshed came just days after 60 inmates were killed during rioting at two prisons in a neighbouring state.

It increased fears that violence could spread, including to the streets of major cities, as gangs vie for control inside prisons and in slums.

AP

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