BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Americas
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 20:02 GMT 21:02 UK
Eleven die in Brazilian prison riot

By Brazil correspondent Stephen Cviic

At least 11 prisoners have been killed and several others injured during a fight between gangs at a jail near the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.

Authorities believe about 11 people died in the bloodbath, and some of the bodies were then doused in petrol and burnt.

The most seriously injured prisoners have been taken to hospital.

More than 60 policemen are inside the jail, and they say the situation is under control.

According to the authorities in Brazil's federal district, the fight began at 0800 local time, (1100 GMT) when members of a prison gang armed with knives burst into cells belonging to other inmates.

Gangs blamed

One official said he believed the gangs were struggling for control of the drugs trade in the jail.

Other sources say the killers were taking revenge for the death of one of the gang members during a fight at the weekend.

Brazil's jails are notoriously overcrowded and violent places.

Efforts by the authorities to build more prisons have not managed to reduce the atmosphere of fear of brutality which still predominates.

Torture is widespread and criminal gangs are often able to pay off officials, making sure they can impose their will over weaker inmates.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Americas stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Americas stories