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Siege at a youth detention centre in Brazil ends peacefully


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Siege at a youth detention centre in Brazil ends peacefully

A siege at a youth detention centre in Brazil ends peacefully.

Hostage negotiators were called to the Rio Negra Casa Foundation in the city of Franco da Rocha after teenage inmates overpowered prison workers. The inmates lit fires on the roof and took advantage of their unexpected liberty to play football.

Ten prison workers were taken hostage but were later released unharmed.

Brazil’s prison system has been under recent scrutiny. In an unrelated event last month, nine inmates died at a riot in a jail in the north-eastern state of Bahia. 49 people, mainly family members visiting the prisoners, were taken hostage.

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