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Rioting Brazilian Prison Is Literally Eating Itself

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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An already bloody prison riot in Brazil may have just gotten much worse as prisoners brag about eating the flesh of their victims.

Riots broke out at the Alcacuz Prison in Natal, a city in northeastern Brazil, 10 days ago, and so far, the riots have led to the deaths of around 30 inmates.

A number of inmates were hacked apart during the course of the conflict. As of Monday, only 22 of the dead had been identified. Forensic experts are still sorting through the collection of body parts.

In a shocking video, inmates can be seen boasting about barbecuing and eating human flesh.

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Authorities are unable to confirm whether cannibalism has actually taken place within the prison, nor able to confirm the video footage.

Some prisoners, however, were seen making bonfires out of human heads.

The military is expected to enter the prison and take control of the situation.

The fighting has been between the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) and two other drug gangs, the Familia do Norte (FDN) and the Comando Vermelho (CV). A weak alliance between the PCC and the CV fell apart last year, reigniting old flames. The FDN controls key cocaine routes; however, the PCC began trying to muscle out rival drug gangs.

Around 150 inmates have been killed in prison riots in Brazil since the start of the year only a few weeks ago.

While fighting between rival gangs continues to threaten stability in Brazilian prisons, overcrowding also increases the likelihood of violent explosions.

One of the bloodiest riots in Brazil’s recent history occurred earlier this month at a prison in Manaus. FDN inmates attacked PCC prisoners, killing around 60 people. The severed heads of the fallen were flung over the prison walls.

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