Carandiru Massacre – All but forgotten

The third most searched for topic on my blog is Candiru, the vampire fish from the Amazon. Often times, I think people meant to type Carandiru instead…but maybe not, as it is being forgotten.

“The Carandiru Massacre, considered a major human rights violation in the history of Brazil, happened sixteen years ago (October 2, 1992) after a riot broke out in the 9th Pavilion of Carandiru Prison Complex in São Paulo. The riot went out of control, which led to the elite force of the Military Police being called in and a confrontation which resulted in the reported death of 111 prisoners. No police were killed.

Human rights groups claim most prisoners were unarmed and offered no resistance, and that the police also fired at inmates who had already surrendered or had tried to hide. Regardless of this, no one has ever been punished, and the only person to be tried was the commanding officer of the operation, colonel Ubiratan Guimarães (assassinated in September 2006 in a possible crime of passion). He was initially sentenced to 620 years in prison but the conviction was later revoked after mistrial claims.”

More can be found on Global Voices, written up by Paula Góes.


Follow the link below for a subtitled short interview on the subject from someone who was there.

HUB interview with a witness and former inmate.

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