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Brazil Prison Riots Take Control
An inmate holds a knife to the back of a hostage on the roof of Frei Caneca Penitentiary complex during rebellion in Rio de Janeiro, July 11, 2004. Special police forces invaded the Frei Caneca Penitentiary complex and they freed five prison guards who were held hostage. Jail riots are common in Brazil's prison system, which is notoriously overcrowded and violent. BRAZIL OUT, NO SALES REUTERS/Ag O Globo/Michel Filho
A riot Police stands guard over inmates at the Frei Caneca Penitentiary complex during rebellion in Rio de Janeiro, July 11, 2004. Special police forces invaded the Frei Caneca Penitentiary complex and they freed five prison guards who were held hostage. Jail riots are common in Brazil's prison system, which is notoriously overcrowded and violent. BRAZIL OUT, NO SALES REUTERS/Ag O Globo/Michel Filho
Inmates occupy the roof of Helio Gomes prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during a rebellion on Sunday, July 11, 2004. Special police forces, with backup from snipers on two helicopters, invaded the Helio Gomes prison early Sunday. They freed five prison guards who were held hostage and took back control from about 200 rebelling inmates.(AP Photo/Paulo Alvadia/AE)

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