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House committee to vote on amnesty for Brazil’s worst prison massacre

The 1992 Carandiru massacre is the bloodiest episode of prison violence in Brazil’s recent history. A House committee could now vote to get the ball rolling on amnestying the perpetrators

massacre Mothers of slaughtered Carandiru inmates ask for justice during a 2016 event. Photo: Rovena Rosa/ABr
Mothers of slaughtered Carandiru inmates ask for justice during a 2016 event. Photo: Rovena Rosa/ABr

As Brazil’s Congress returns from a two-week recess, the House Public Security Committee scheduled for Tuesday a vote on a bill granting amnesty to police officers convicted for the 1992 massacre in São Paulo’s Carandiru prison.

Following a riot on October 2, 1992, 111 inmates were slaughtered over the course of half an hour. The police have always claimed that it was a matter of self-defense, but the prisoners did not have firearms, and many bodies were found with bullet wounds in the back of their heads, in classic execution style.

The Carandiru massacre was the bloodiest episode in...

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