Sunday, May 14, 2006

More die in fresh Brazil violence

Sunday, 14 May 2006, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK

There has been a second night of violence in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, with criminal gangs attacking police stations, and riots in prisons.
At least 52 people have died in more than 100 attacks since Friday night, state officials said.
They say the unrest is being organised by a criminal faction known as the First Command of the Capital (PCC).
Friday's transfer of about 600 prisoners to a maximum security unit is thought to have sparked it.
The transfer was organised to try to counter a co-ordinated rebellion planned by the PCC for the weekend in a number of prisons in the state.

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