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The BBC's James Reynolds in Sao Paulo
"The size and the speed of this revolt have taken people by surprise"
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Tuesday, 20 February, 2001, 11:17 GMT
In pictures: Brazil jail riots end
The authorities in Brazil are mopping up after the biggest prison riot in the country's history ended with the release unharmed of thousands of hostages. The revolt, which was orchestrated from the notorious Carandiru prison, spread to nearly 30 jails across Sao Paolo state and left 16 inmates dead.

Riot police prepare to enter Carandiru
Riot police went into Carandiru, but the siege ended peacefully

Prisoners after their surrender to police
Prisoners were stripped and counted after surrender

Hostages being released from Carandiru
Hostages had earlier been released from prisons across Sao Paolo state

Hostages
Many were visibly distressed as they walked to safety

Relatives of Carandiru inmates
Relatives held a vigil at Carandiru, praying for the lives of inmates

Relative of Carandiru inmate
For some, fears for their loved ones proved too much

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