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Human rights defenders have pointed out that the Brazilian prison system is one of the world's worst and most inhuman.
Inmates at the Puraquequara prison in Manaus city started a riot on Saturday morning and took seven prison officers hostage. They demand better living conditions inside the prison, which have been notoriously degraded because of the COVID-19 crisis.
"Through social media, the prisoners indicated that they want improvements such as light, mattresses, fans, good food, and medicine for the sick," local outlet UOL reported.
The Amazon state's Penitentiary Administration Secretariat (SEAP) said that prisoners took advantage of breakfast time to leave their cells, burn mattresses, and take over the facilities.
So far there is no information on people injured or killed during the riot that occurs in a prison where visits to prisoners have been prohibited since March. The Militarized Police special battalions are already at the site and trying to negotiate with the prisoners.
The Amazonas state, which has about four million inhabitants, reported 5,723 COVID-19 cases and 476 deaths as of Friday morning.