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Brazil: Agreement To End Deadly Prison Riot

Tuesday, 26th August 2014 10:37

Authorities in Brazil say they have reached a deal to end the riot at a jail in which two prisoners were beheaded.

Two other inmates died after being thrown from the roof and two guards were taken hostage at the facility, in the southern city of Cascavel.

A spokesman for the Parana state attorney's office said an agreement had been signed and prisoners were being transferred to another jail.

"After that the two guards who were held hostage will be freed," the spokesman, Elson Faxina, added.

He said police had yet to enter the prison to assess the damage and see if there were any more casualties.

They have yet to name the four men who were murdered.

Some 800 inmates - 80% of the total - took part in the riot, which began on Sunday as breakfast was being served.

Guards were overpowered, furniture burned and rooms smashed up with metal poles.

Television images showed dozens of rioters, dressed in orange jump suits and with their faces obscured, on the roof of the prison.

They were seen beating fellow inmates held with ropes around their necks or with their hands tied behind them.

Only 10 guards were reportedly on duty at the time.

Prison authorities said the inmates were demanding improved facilities, better quality food and more flexible visiting hours.

It has been suggested that rivalries between competing gangs were also a factor in the revolt.

"The fact that prisoners took hostages would reinforce that view," Mr Faxina said earlier.          

According to the Brazilian prison workers? union, the country?s jails, which hold a total of 548,000 inmates, have suffered from a chronic lack of investment.

The union says this has led to overcrowding, poor facilities and a shortage of guards and other staff.