Forty prisoners were strangled after violent clashes broke out in four prisons in Amazon, Brazil, Tuesday. Just the day before, Gang fighting in another prison resulted in 15 deaths.
According to Reuters and the BBC, the Amazon prison Department revised the death toll from 42 earlier to 40 in a statement and said it had regained control of the four prisons, but did not provide other details. It is reported that the victims were found during routine inspections of four different prison facilities. The authorities have sent a federal task force to stop the violence.
On the 26th, clashes broke out in another prison in Amazon. Some prisoners were stabbed and strangled by sharp toothbrushes. Visitors to the prison witnessed all this. "It's totally chaotic," a prisoner's mother told Brazilian media. "Everyone runs around and they knock at the door.
According to official statistics, Brazil has the world's third largest prison population, with more than 710,000 prisoners in prison in April. Reuters says prisons in the country have been crowded for decades and controlled by drug gangs.