At around 5pm tonight (January 14, 2017), a riot broke out at Alcaçuz prison in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. A spokesperson for the Military Police stated that the officers will wait for dawn to intervene. Consequently, the riot is still uncontained, and the number of killed inmates unclear. As of 9pm, The government of Rio Grande do Norte has confirmed at least 10 deaths.
According to the president of the Union of Correction Agents, Vilma Batista, unidentified men in a car approached the prison before the riot, and threw weapons over the wall.
Penitenciária Estadual de Alcaçuz is the largest prison in Rio Grande do Norte, and is located in Nísia Floresta – city of the Great Christmas. Reporters on the ground say the prison is dark (no lights), one can hear the ringing of gun shots, and see thick smoke rising from the buildings.
According to the Secretariat of Justice and Citizenship, the jail houses about 1,150 prisoners, but its capacity is for 620 detainees.
We’re only two weeks into the year 2017, but Brazil has already been hit with three deadly prison massacres. On New Year’s Day, a massacre at Compaj prison in Manaus, Amazonas left 56 inmates dead, making it the second deadliest prison riot in Brazil’s history. Five days later, massacre in prison in Boa Vista, Roraima, left 31 inmates dead, making it the third deadliest in Brazil’s history.
Props to Best Gore member @brunoousado for the video. I believe I can already see more than 10 people dead, many beheaded, in it:
Here’s also a video of a prison guard captured and held hostage by the inmates, who warn the police not to invade, and asks for improvements to fix the horrific conditions in Brazilian prisons: