GRAPHIC: 33 Slaughtered In Prison ‘Killing Spree’ — Body Parts Everywhere
Thirty-three inmates were slain Friday in northern Brazil, some with their hearts and intestines ripped out, during a prison killing rampage led by the country’s largest gang, authorities said.
The bloodshed comes days after 60 inmates were killed during rioting at two prisons in a neighboring state. It increases fears that violence could spread, including to the streets of major cities, as gangs vie for influence and territory both inside prisons and in slums where trafficking operations often are based.
The incidents also are becoming a flash point for the government of President Michel Temer, whose administration is struggling with an economic crisis and mounting corruption allegations. Authorities in Roraima state, on the border with Venezuela, said that they requested help from Brazil’s federal government more than once to deal with its prison crisis but that no support was sent.
“This is a national crisis,” said Uziel Castro, security secretary of Roraima, where the latest massacre happened.