Brazilian ‘gang members’ were captured boasting about their machetes inside a Paraguayan jail cell shortly before reportedly leading a bloody revolt Sunday that left ten inmates dead and 15 injured.
Alleged members of the Primer Comando da Capital [PCC], the largest criminal organization in Brazil, appeared in a cellphone video laughing and banging their large knives at the San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú Regional Jail in the department of San Pedro.
According to local Paraguayan outlet ABC Color, the rebellion was caused after the PCC learned of the impending transfer of a detainee with alleged ties to the Rotela Clan.
Prison officials feared for the inmate’s safety and decided to move him to another detention facility to avoid any problems.
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An alleged member of a Brazilian gang at a prison in Paraguay shows of a large knife before the group attacked their rival, the Rotela Clan, and reportedly killed 10 of its jailed associates Sunday
Members of the Primer Comando da Capital, know to be the largest criminal organization in Brazil, surround the body of an inmate during a rebellion inside a jail in Paraguay on Sunday
Prison officials in Paraguay said 10 inmates were killed and 15 suffered injuries during a riot
Members of the Primer Comando da Capital saw their first uprising fall short when it failed to garner enough support from the prison population.
The gang was able to recruit more prisoners for its second attempt before the police intervened.
But the PCC’s third attempt proved to be too much for authorities on Sunday morning.
What followed was the worst prison clash in Latin America in 2019. It follows an even deadlier incident last year when 68 were killed inside a Venezuelan penitentiary.
Images recorded inside the prison during the most recent riot showed the gang surrounding one of its victims in the middle of the courtyard while other inmates looked on.
The attackers also filmed themselves decapitating a prisoner who was pinned to the floor with a rag covering his mouth.
A gruesome picture of the aftermath displayed a bevy of bloodied, beaten inmates lying on top of each other.
Another shows the blood-stained yard which has a body lying at its center.
Alleged members of the Primer Comando da Capital took several gruesome pictures of the carnage caused in their rebellion. Pictured is a reported member of the Brazilian-based gang dismembering an associate of the Rotela Clan
Alleged members of the Primer Comando da Capital mill around a courtyard during a riot at the San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú Regional Jail in San Pedro, Paraguay
Alleged members of the Primer Comando da Capital [PCC], the largest criminal organization in Brazil, appeared in a cellphone video laughing and banging their large knives at the San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú Regional Jail
Investigators said six inmates were decapitated, three prisoners were burned and another was reportedly shot dead.
The victims were identified as Denis Iván Paredes Espínola, Marcial Paredes Espínola, Nelson Daniel Pereira, Hugo Díaz, Sergio Cabrera, Carlos Segovia, Lucas Ayala, Junior Díaz, Bruno Cutier and José Osorio.
Prison security agents were able to restore order by 2pm local time.
Another inmate, 36-year-old Librado Fleitas Pavón, was stabbed during a fight Tuesday morning at the same prison. He was taken to an area hospital and was listed in stable condition.
It’s unknown if the incident was related to the riot.
A riot at San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú Regional Jail in San Pedro, Paraguay left 10 inmates dead
The Paraguayan government quickly reacted to the riot and approached their counterparts in Brazil about speeding up the extradition of PCC members with Brazilian nationality that are currently imprisoned in the South American nation.
Paraguay’s interior minister Juan Ernesto Villamayor said Tuesday that the gang is made up of 400 members but only 40 are Brazilian citizens.
He added that 20 of those inmates are also wanted by authorities from other countries and ruled against moving the gang members to other facilities because the prison system is operating at 700 percent its capacity.
‘We are only waiting for the agreement in Brazil,’ Villamayor.
‘There are operational mechanisms, they have to decide which penitentiary they will be taken to, that they have to be near the court where they are going to be tried.’