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A fight between rival groups killed 26 people in latest Brazil jail

The latest dead in a series of brutal massacres of prisoners with alleged gang members in Brazil 26 prisoners, most of whom were beheaded, officials said on Sunday.The carnage was there Saturday night in the overcrowded Alcaçuz prison, in the northeast of the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Similar in other prisons in Brazil left about 100 in early January violence killed prisoners.

"Twenty-six deaths have been verified," the state's public safety manager, Caio Bezerra, told a news conference. The authorities had earlier estimated around 30 were killed as they gathered bodies and body parts, he added.

The local authorities said that security forces stormed the prison at dawn and restored order after 14 hours of violence.Officials said of two drug gangs members clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison.

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"The (prison) director even said he could not do anything" when told an uprising was looming, said Adriana Feliz, the sister an inmate.
"I told the director they were going to go in and kill everyone in Pavillion 4," she added. "So why didn't they do anything?"
President Michel Temer said on Twitter that the federal government stood ready to provide "all assistance necessary."
Severally, officials in the southern state of Parana said 28 prisoners escaped from a jail in the city of Curitiba after inmates blew up a wall and fired on police.


 Prisoners armed -


In Alcacuz, security forces surrounded the prison, but had to wait until the first light on Sunday, the place to attack with armored vehicles, authorities said.

The prisoners had cut off the electricity and said they had guns.

The prison, located on the outskirts of the state capital Natal, was built for a maximum of 620 prisoners, but currently houses 1083, the State Department of Justice said.

The riot was thought to have been a clash between Brazil's biggest drug gang, the first capital instruction (PCC) and one of the main red allies for its main command group that Brazilian media.

Experts say that part of the violence of a gang war of drug smuggling routes is struggling to control one of the world's most important markets and cocaine.

 Overcrowding -

Overfilling exacerbates the problem, say activists.

The Brazilian prison population was swamped to stop drug trafficking efforts.The prisons of the country has 622,000 inmates, mostly young black men, according to a Department of Justice in 2014. He noted that 50 per cent more capacity is needed.
Brazil has the fourth largest prison population in the world after the United States, China and Russia, according to the report.



Temer is under pressure on this topic.After the two announced this month revolts earlier that the federal government would build new prisons would spend $ 250 million.But human rights activists and experts questioned whether more prisons are the answer.

"In the medium and long term, Brazil needs to reduce the vulnerability of certain social groups to prevent prevention rather than repression," he told AFP Camila Nunes sociologist at the Federal University of ABC in São Paulo after prison massacres.

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