Inmates demanding better conditions hold about 100 hostages in Brazilian prison riot

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Brazil’s state news agency says that inmates armed with pistols and knives have rioted at a prison in the country’s northeast and are holding about 100 visitors and two guards hostage.

Agencia Brasil says no deaths or injuries have been reported.

The report said negotiations were under way early on Monday, nearly a day after the start of the revolt at the Advogado Antonio Jacinto Filho prison in the coastal city of Aracaju.

The agency says the penitentiary’s 470 inmates are demanding an end to acts of torture they allege regularly take place inside the prison, as well as better treatment of female visitors.

It says that nearly 30 prisoners’ relatives taken hostage when the revolt broke out were released on Monday.

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